Femtoscopy with unlike-sign kaons at STAR in 200 GeV Au+Au collisions
Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering Czech Technical University in Prague, Břehová 7 115 19 Prague 1
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Published online: 4 November 2016
In the collisions of heavy ions the nuclear matter can undergo a phase transition from hadrons to a state of deconfined quarks and gluons called the Quak-Gluon Plasma. Femtoscopic measurements of two-particle correlations at small relative momenta reveal information about the space-time characteristics of the system at the moment of particle emission. The correlations result from quantum statistics, final-state Coulomb interactions, and the strong final-state interactions between the emitted particles.
It has been predicted that correlations due to the strong final-state interactions in a system where a narrow resonance is present will be sensitive, in the region of the resonance, to the source size and momentum-space correlations. Such a measurement can provide complementary information to the measurements at very low relative momenta. This paper presents the preliminary results of a STAR analysis of unlike-sign kaon femtoscopic correlations in Au+Au collisions at √sNN = 200 GeV, including the region of ϕ(1020) resonance. The experimental results are compared to a theoretical prediction that includes the treatment of resonance formation due to the final-state interactions.
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