9-14 September 2018
University of Ferrara
Europe/Rome timezone

Recent Transverse Spin Measurements in pp Collisions with STAR

10 Sep 2018, 15:45
A4 (Polo degli Adelardi - Via Adelardi, 33)


Polo degli Adelardi - Via Adelardi, 33

Via Adelardi, 33
Parallel Sessions 3D Structure of the Nucleon: TMDs 3D Structure of the Nucleon: TMDs


Prof. Carl Gagliardi (Texas A&M University)


The STAR Collaboration at RHIC is exploring the partonic origin of the proton spin with a broad range of measurements in polarized pp collisions. STAR measurements of the transverse single-spin asymmetry, $A_N$, for $W$ boson production provide the first experimental investigation of the non-universality of the Sivers function. Precise follow-up measurements of $A_N$ for direct photon production, Drell-Yan di-electron production, and $W$ boson production are underway that will both provide a definitive test of the non-universality and constrain evolution of transverse-momentum-dependent distributions (TMDs) over a very wide $Q^2$ range. STAR has measured di-pion interference fragmentation functions and the transverse single-spin dependence of the azimuthal modulation of pions in jets in pp collisions at $\sqrt{s}$ = 200 and 500 GeV. The results provide the first observations of transversity in pp collisions, and enable tests of universality and factorization-breaking effects for TMDs in hadronic interactions. Additional transverse modulations provide limits on gluon linear polarization in polarized protons and the twist-3 analog of the gluon Sivers distribution. The current status of these analyses and the prospects to extend them in the near future will be discussed.

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Prof. Carl Gagliardi (Texas A&M University)

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