Measurement of directed and elliptic flow of $\phi$ meson in $\sqrt{s_{NN}}$ = 3.0, 4.5 GeV Au+Au collisions at the STAR detector

4 Nov 2019, 17:40
20m
Wanda Han Show Theatre & Wanda Reign Wuhan Hotel

Wanda Han Show Theatre & Wanda Reign Wuhan Hotel

Poster Presentation Collective dynamics and final state interaction Poster Session

Speaker

DING CHEN (UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE)

Description

The $\phi$ vector mesons have much smaller hadronic cross section which makes them less influenced at late-stage interactions than other hadrons [1-4]. Thus their anisotropies like the elliptic flow should be small if the system is always in a hadronic phase. This, in turn, makes $\phi$ meson $v_2$ especially sensitive to the energy where quark-gluon plasma turns off. Measurements from STAR at 7.7 and 11.5 GeV have seen $\phi$ $v_2$ at highest transverse momentum close to zero [5] and $\phi$ directed flow, $v_1$, is consistent with zero [6] with conclusions limited by statistics. On the other hand, the closeness of $\phi$ mass to the nucleon and its $s$ $\bar{s}$ constituent quarks makes them suitable to test the deviation of net-nucleon and net-meson $v_1$ at energies below 7.7 GeV where could be a breakdown of the assumption that $s$ and $\bar{s}$ quarks have the same flow [6]. Measurements of directed and elliptic flow of $\phi$ vector meson at 3.0 and 4.5 GeV Au+Au collisions at STAR will be presented and compared with RHIC Beam Energy Scan results from 7.7-39 GeV. Measurements will have better precision with increased particle acceptance and 100 more statistics at 3.0 GeV compared to 4.5 GeV from the STAR fixed-target run. Physics implication related to the search for quark-gluon plasma turn-off will also be discussed.

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[3] A. Sibirtsev et al., Eur. Phys. J. A, 29 (2006) 209.
[4] H. van Hecke, H. Sorge, and N. Xu, Phys. Rev. Lett. 81 (1998) 5764.
[5] L. Adamczyk et al., Phys. Rev. C 88 (2013) 014902.
[6] L. Adamczyk et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 120 (2018) 062301.

Primary author

DING CHEN (UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE)

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