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Production of $\phi$ mesons at mid-rapidity in sqrt(s_NN) = 200 GeV Au+Au collisions at relativistic energies

S.S. Adler S. Afanasiev C. Aidala N.N. Ajitanand Y. Akiba J. Alexander R. Amirikas Laurent Aphecetche 1 S.H. Aronson R. Averbeck T.C. Awes R. Azmoun V. Babintsev A. Baldisseri K.N. Barish P.D. Barnes B. Bassalleck S. Bathe S. Batsouli V. Baublis A. Bazilevsky S. Belikov Y. Berdnikov S. Bhagavatula J.G. Boissevain H. Borel S. Borenstein M.L. Brooks D.S. Brown N. Bruner D. Bucher H. Buesching V. Bumazhnov G. Bunce J.M. Burward-Hoy S. Butsyk X. Camard J.-S. Chai P. Chand W.C. Chang S. Chernichenko C.Y. Chi J. Chiba M. Chiu I.J. Choi J. Choi R.K. Choudhury T. Chujo V. Cianciolo Y. Cobigo B.A. Cole P. Constantin D.G. d'Enterria G. David H. Delagrange 1 A. Denisov A. Deshpande E.J. Desmond O. Dietzsch O. Drapier 2 A. Drees R. Du Rietz A. Durum D. Dutta Y.V. Efremenko K. El Chenawi A. Enokizono H. Enyo S. Esumi L. Ewell D.E. Fields F. Fleuret 2 S.L. Fokin B.D. Fox Z. Fraenkel J.E. Frantz A. Franz A.D. Frawley S.-Y. Fung S. Garpman T.K. Ghosh A. Glenn G. Gogiberidze M. Gonin 2 J. Gosset Y. Goto R. Granier de Cassagnac 2 N. Grau S.V. Greene M. Grosse Perdekamp W. Guryn H.-A. Gustafsson T. Hachiya J.S. Haggerty H. Hamagaki A.G. Hansen E.P. Hartouni M. Harvey R. Hayano X. He M. Heffner T.K. Hemmick J.M. Heuser M. Hibino J.C. Hill W. Holzmann K. Homma B. Hong A. Hoover T. Ichihara V.V. Ikonnikov K. Imai D. Isenhower M. Ishihara M. Issah A. Isupov B.V. Jacak W.Y. Jang Y. Jeong J. Jia O. Jinnouchi B.M. Johnson S.C. Johnson K.S. Joo D. Jouan 3 S. Kametani N. Kamihara J.H. Kang S.S. Kapoor K. Katou Steven Kelly B. Khachaturov A. Khanzadeev J. Kikuchi D.H. Kim D.J. Kim D.W. Kim E. Kim G.-B. Kim 2 H.J. Kim E. Kistenev A. Kiyomichi K. Kiyoyama C. Klein-Boesing H. Kobayashi L. Kochenda V. Kochetkov D. Koehler T. Kohama M. Kopytine D. Kotchetkov A. Kozlov P.J. Kroon C.H. Kuberg K. Kurita Y. Kuroki M.J. Kweon Y. Kwon G.S. Kyle R. Lacey V. Ladygin J.G. Lajoie A. Lebedev S. Leckey D.M. Lee S. Lee M.J. Leitch X.H. Li H. Lim A. Litvinenko M.X. Liu Yehan Liu C.F. Maguire Y.I. Makdisi A. Malakhov V.I. Manko Y. Mao Gines Martinez Garcia 1 M.D. Marx H. Masui F. Matathias T. Matsumoto P.L. Mcgaughey E. Melnikov F. Messer Y. Miake J. Milan T.E. Miller A. Milov S. Mioduszewski R.E. Mischke G.C. Mishra J.T. Mitchell A.K. Mohanty D.P. Morrison J.M. Moss F. Muhlbacher D. Mukhopadhyay M. Muniruzzaman J. Murata S. Nagamiya J.L. Nagle T. Nakamura B.K. Nandi M. Nara J. Newby P. Nilsson A.S. Nyanin J. Nystrand E. O'Brien C.A. Ogilvie H. Ohnishi I.D. Ojha K. Okada M. Ono V. Onuchin A. Oskarsson I. Otterlund K. Oyama K. Ozawa D. Pal A.P.T. Palounek V.S. Pantuev V. Papavassiliou J. Park A. Parmar S.F. Pate T. Peitzmann J.-C. Peng V. Peresedov C. Pinkenburg R.P. Pisani F. Plasil M.L. Purschke A.K. Purwar J. Rak I. Ravinovich K.F. Read M. Reuter K. Reygers V. Riabov Y. Riabov G. Roche 4 A. Romana 2 M. Rosati P. Rosnet 4 S.S. Ryu M.E. Sadler N. Saito T. Sakaguchi M. Sakai S. Sakai V. Samsonov L. Sanfratello R. Santo H.D. Sato S. Sato S. Sawada Y. Schutz V. Semenov R. Seto M.R. Shaw T.K. Shea T.-A. Shibata K. Shigaki T. Shiina C.L. Silva D. Silvermyr K.S. Sim C.P. Singh V. Singh M. Sivertz A. Soldatov R.A. Soltz W.E. Sondheim S.P. Sorensen I.V. Sourikova F. Staley P.W. Stankus E. Stenlund M. Stepanov A. Ster S.P. Stoll T. Sugitate J.P. Sullivan E.M. Takagui A. Taketani M. Tamai K.H. Tanaka Y. Tanaka K. Tanida M.J. Tannenbaum P. Tarjan J.D. Tepe T.L. Thomas J. Tojo H. Torii R.S. Towell I. Tserruya H. Tsuruoka S.K. Tuli H. Tydesjo N. Tyurin H.W. van Hecke J. Velkovska M. Velkovsky L. Villatte A.A. Vinogradov M.A. Volkov E. Vznuzdaev X.R. Wang Y. Watanabe S.N. White F.K. Wohn C.L. Woody W. Xie Y. Yang A. Yanovich S. Yokkaichi G.R. Young I.E. Yushmanov W.A. Zajc C. Zhang S. Zhou S.J. Zhou L. Zolin
Abstract : We present the first results of meson production in the K^+K^- decay channel from Au+Au collisions at sqrt(s_NN) = 200 GeV as measured at mid-rapidity by the PHENIX detector at RHIC. Precision resonance centroid and width values are extracted as a function of collision centrality. No significant variation from the PDG accepted values is observed. The transverse mass spectra are fitted with a linear exponential function for which the derived inverse slope parameter is seen to be constant as a function of centrality. These data are also fitted by a hydrodynamic model with the result that the freeze-out temperature and the expansion velocity values are consistent with the values previously derived from fitting single hadron inclusive data. As a function of transverse momentum the collisions scaled peripheral.to.central yield ratio RCP for the is comparable to that of pions rather than that of protons. This result lends support to theoretical models which distinguish between baryons and mesons instead of particle mass for explaining the anomalous proton yield.
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S.S. Adler, S. Afanasiev, C. Aidala, N.N. Ajitanand, Y. Akiba, et al.. Production of $\phi$ mesons at mid-rapidity in sqrt(s_NN) = 200 GeV Au+Au collisions at relativistic energies. Physical Review C, American Physical Society, 2005, 72, pp.014903. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevC.72.014903⟩. ⟨in2p3-00023545⟩

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