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Measurement Of The Longitudinal Double-Spin Asymmetry For Neutral Pion Production In Polarized Proton Collisions At √S = 510 Gev, Taegyun Kim May 2017

Measurement Of The Longitudinal Double-Spin Asymmetry For Neutral Pion Production In Polarized Proton Collisions At √S = 510 Gev, Taegyun Kim

Physics & Astronomy Honors Papers

Beyond the valence quarks' spin contribution to the total spin of a proton, gluon and sea quark contributions are becoming clear as well. For proton+proton collisions at a center of mass energy of 510 GeV , neutral pion production is dominated by gluon-gluon and gluon-quark scattering. An avenue to constrain the gluon polarization is the asymmetry, ALL, in the production of neutral pions from collisions of longitudinally spin-polarized proton beams. Our experiment was performed with the STAR detector at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), unique for its ability to collide spin-polarized proton beams. The Endcap Electromagnetic Calorimeter (EEMC ...