Investigation of K+K- interactions via femtoscopy in Pb-Pb collisions at sNN =2.76 TeV at the CERN Large Hadron Collider

ALICE Collaboration

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Femtoscopic correlations of nonidentical charged kaons (K+K-) are studied in Pb-Pb collisions at a center-of-mass energy per nucleon-nucleon collision sNN=2.76 TeV by ALICE at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. One-dimensional K+K- correlation functions are analyzed in three centrality classes and eight intervals of particle-pair transverse momentum. The Lednický and Luboshitz interaction model used in the K+K- analysis includes the final-state Coulomb interactions between kaons and the final-state interaction through a0(980) and f0(980) resonances. The mass of f0(980) and coupling were extracted from the fit to K+K- correlation functions using the femtoscopic technique. The measured mass and width of the f0(980) resonance are consistent with other published measurements. The height of the φ(1020) meson peak present in the K+K- correlation function rapidly decreases with increasing source radius, qualitatively in agreement with an inverse volume dependence. A phenomenological fit to this trend suggests that the φ(1020) meson yield is dominated by particles produced directly from the hadronization of the system. The small fraction subsequently produced by final-state interactions could not be precisely quantified with data presented in this paper and will be assessed in future work.

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Número de artículo054904
PublicaciónPhysical Review C
EstadoPublicada - may. 2023


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