Forward-backward multiplicity correlations in sNN=200 GeV Au+Au collisions

B. B. Back, M. D. Baker, M. Ballintijn, D. S. Barton, R. R. Betts, A. A. Bickley, R. Bindel, A. Budzanowski, W. Busza, A. Carroll, Z. Chai, M. P. Decowski, E. García, T. Gburek, N. George, K. Gulbrandsen, S. Gushue, C. Halliwell, J. Hamblen, M. HauerG. A. Heintzelman, C. Henderson, D. J. Hofman, R. S. Hollis, R. Hołyński, B. Holzman, A. Iordanova, E. Johnson, J. L. Kane, J. Katzy, N. Khan, W. Kucewicz, P. Kulinich, C. M. Kuo, W. T. Lin, S. Manly, D. McLeod, A. C. Mignerey, R. Noucier, A. Olszewski, R. Pak, I. C. Park, H. Pernegger, C. Reed, L. P. Remsberg, M. Reuter, C. Roland, G. Roland, L. Rosenberg, J. Sagerer, P. Sarin, P. Sawicki, H. Seals, I. Sedykh, W. Skulski, C. E. Smith, M. A. Stankiewicz, P. Steinberg, G. S.F. Stephans, A. Sukhanov, J. L. Tang, M. B. Tonjes, A. Trzupek, C. Vale, G. J.Van Nieuwenhuizen, S. S. Vaurynovich, R. Verdier, G. I. Veres, E. Wenger, F. L.H. Wolfs, B. Wosiek, K. Woźniak, A. H. Wuosmaa, B. Wysłouch

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Forward-backward correlations of charged-particle multiplicities in symmetric bins in pseudorapidity are studied to gain insight into the underlying correlation structure of particle production in Au+Au collisions. The PHOBOS detector is used to measure integrated multiplicities in bins centered at η, defined within |η|<3, and covering intervals Δη. The variance σC2 of a suitably defined forward-backward asymmetry variable C is calculated as a function of η,Δη, and centrality. It is found to be sensitive to short-range correlations, and the concept of "clustering" is used to interpret comparisons to phenomenological models.

Original languageEnglish
Article number011901
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2006


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