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Feasibility study on extracting the gluon polarization in Di-Jet production in polarized pp collisions at RHIC

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dc.contributor.advisor Bernd Surrow. en_US
dc.contributor.author Haussman, Robert C en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Physics. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-02-09T16:50:35Z
dc.date.available 2010-02-09T16:50:35Z
dc.date.copyright 2009 en_US
dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/51607
dc.description Thesis (S.B.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Physics, 2009. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 43). en_US
dc.description.abstract The STAR experiment at the Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is carrying out a spin physics program at is = 200 - 500 GeV to gain a deeper insight into the spin structure and dynamics of the proton. These studies provide fundamental tests of Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD). One of the main objectives of the STAR spin physics program is the determination of the polarized gluon distribution function through a measurement of the longitudinal double-spin asymmetry, ALL, for various processes. Di-Jet production is of particular interest since it allows a direct access of the underlying partonic kinematics, in particular the reconstruction of the gluon momentum fraction relative to the respective proton momentum. The main objective of this study is to examine to what extent the gluon polarization can be measured as a function of the gluon momentum fraction in leading-order perturbation theory. We propose a leading order method to extract the gluon polarization from ALL, and find that it transforms the problem into simply solving the quadratic formula. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Robert C. Haussman. en_US
dc.format.extent 43 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582 en_US
dc.subject Physics. en_US
dc.title Feasibility study on extracting the gluon polarization in Di-Jet production in polarized pp collisions at RHIC en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree S.B. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Physics. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 495727668 en_US


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