Measurement of the Transverse Polarization of Λ and Λ̅ Hyperons Produced in Proton-Proton Collisions at √s = 7 TeV using the ATLAS Detector
Abdel Khalek, S.
Izen, Joseph M.
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The transverse polarization of Λ and Λ̅ hyperons produced in proton-proton collisions at a center-of-mass energy of 7 TeV is measured. The analysis uses 760 μb⁻¹ of minimum bias data collected by the ATLAS detector at the LHC in the year 2010. The measured transverse polarization averaged over Feynman x(F) from 5 x 10⁻⁵ to 0.01 and transverse momentum p(T) from 0.8 to 15 GeV is -0.010 ± 0.005(stat) ± 0.004(syst) for Λ and 0.002 ± 0.006(stat) ± 0.004(syst) for Λ̅. It is also measured as a function of x(F) and p(T), but no significant dependence on these variables is observed. Prior to this measurement, the polarization was measured at fixed-target experiments with center-of-mass energies up to about 40 GeV. The ATLAS results are compatible with the extrapolation of a fit from previous measurements to the x(F) range covered by this measurement.