18-22 October 2021
Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, Japan
Asia/Tokyo timezone

Constraining the Polarized Gluon Distribution Function of the Proton with Recent STAR Measurements

22 Oct 2021, 09:50
Room 501 (Kunibiki Messe)

Room 501

Kunibiki Messe

Parallel Session Presentation Nucleon Helicity Structure Nucleon Helicity Structure


Nick Lukow (Temple University)


The contribution of the gluon spin to the spin of the proton is being studied through the use of the unique capability of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) to collide longitudinally polarized protons at $\sqrt{s}=200\,$GeV and $\sqrt{s}=510\,$GeV. The kinematic coverage of the Solenoidal Tracker At RHIC (STAR) allows access to gluons through quark-gluon and gluon-gluon scattering processes which dominate particle production at low and medium transverse momentum. The polarized gluon distribution function, $\Delta g(x)$, can be constrained through global analyses of the longitudinal double-spin asymmetries ($A_{LL}$) of inclusive jet and di-jet production.

Published inclusive jet results from 2009 data at mid-rapidity ($|\eta| < 1$ ) at $\sqrt{s}=200\,$GeV have been included in global analyses and suggest a significant non-zero truncated first moment of $\Delta g(x)$ for $x>0.05$. An additional data sample of $43\,$pb$^{-1}$ has been collected in 2015 at the same collision energy. This new data sample is over twice as large as the previous sample, providing an opportunity to improve the precision of $\Delta g(x)$ for $x>0.05$. The published results from the analysis of the 2015 data will be presented along with the status of the analysis using a large data sample of $250\,$pb$^{-1}$ collected at $\sqrt{s}=510\,$GeV in 2013.

Primary author

Nick Lukow (Temple University)

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