Global polarization measurement in Au+Au collisions

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The system created in noncentral relativistic nucleus-nucleus collisions possesses large orbital angular momentum. Because of spin-orbit coupling, particles produced in such a system could become globally polarized along the direction of the system angular momentum. We present the results of Λ and Λ̄ hyperon global polarization measurements in Au+Au collisions at sNN=62.4 and 200 GeV performed with the STAR detector at the BNL Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). The observed global polarization of Λ and Λ̄ hyperons in the STAR acceptance is consistent with zero within the precision of the measurements. The obtained upper limit, |PΛ,Λ̄|≤0.02, is compared with the theoretical values discussed recently in the literature.

Original languageEnglish
Article number024915
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 29 2007


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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Abelev, B. I., Aggarwal, M. M., Ahammed, Z., Anderson, B. D., Arkhipkin, D., Averichev, G. S., ... Zuo, J. X. (2007). Global polarization measurement in Au+Au collisions. Physical Review C - Nuclear Physics, 76(2), [024915].