22-28 July 2010
Palais des Congrès de Paris
Europe/Paris timezone

Recent STAR results and future prospects of W^-(+) boson production in polarized p+p collisions at RHIC

23 Jul 2010, 10:00
13m
Salle 253 ()

Salle 253

Parallel Session Talk 04 - Hadronic Structure, Parton Distributions, soft QCD, Spectroscopy 04 - Hadronic Structure, Parton Distributions, soft QCD, Spectroscopy

Speaker

Prof. Bernd The STAR Collaboration (MIT)

Description

The RHIC spin physics program has in 2009 completed the first data taking period of polarized p+p collisions at sqrt{s}=500 GeV. This opens a new era in the study of the spin-flavor structure of the proton based on the production of W^-(+) bosons. W^-(+) bosons are produced in ubar+d,(dbar+u) collisions and can be detected through their leptonic decays, e^- + νbar_e;(e^+ +ν_e), where only the respective charged lepton is measured. The discrimination of ubar+d and dbar+u quark combinations requires distinguishing the charge sign of high p_T electrons and positrons, which in turn requires precise tracking information. At mid rapidity, STAR relies on the existing Time Projection Chamber. At forward rapidity, new tracking capabilities will be provided by the Forward GEM Tracker, consisting of six triple-GEM detectors which are under construction. The suppression of QCD background over W boson signal events by several orders of magnitude is accomplished by using the highly segmented STAR Electromagnetic Calorimeters to impose isolation criteria suppressing jet events, and vetoing di-jet events based on the measured away side energy. Recent STAR results on the first measurement of W^-(+) boson production in polarized p+p collisions will be shown along with a discussion of future prospects involving the STAR Forward GEM Tracker.

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