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Volume 281 - The 26th International Nuclear Physics Conference (INPC2016) - QCD: Partonic phenomena – Tuesday 13
Measurement Of Longitudinal Single-spin Asymmetry For W Boson Production At Star
J. Zhang* on behalf of the STAR collaboration
*corresponding author
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Pre-published on: 2017 May 04
Published on: 2017 May 09
The production of $W^\pm$ bosons in longitudinally polarized $p+p$ collisions at RHIC provides a direct probe for the spin-flavor structure of the proton through the parity-violating single-spin asymmetry, $A_L$. At STAR, the leptonic decay channel $W \to e\nu$ can be measured with the electromagnetic calorimeters and time projection chamber. STAR has previously measured $A_L$ as a function of the decay electron and decay positron pseudorapidities from datasets taken in 2011 and 2012. This has provided significant constraints on the $\bar{u}$ and $\bar{d}$ quark helicity distributions.
In 2013 the STAR experiment collected an integrated luminosity of $\sim$300 pb$^{-1}$ at $\sqrt{s}=510$ GeV with an average beam polarization of $\sim$56\%, which is more than three times larger than the total integrated luminosity of previous years. The new preliminary results of the $W$ $A_L$ analysis for the dataset collected in 2013 are reported.
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