The anisotropy parameter (v2), the second harmonic of the azimuthal particle distribution, has been measured with the PHENIX detector in Au+Au collisions at (sNN)=200 GeV for identified and inclusive charged particle production at central rapidities (|η|<0.35) with respect to the reaction plane defined at high rapidities (|η|=3 4 ). We observe that the v2 of mesons falls below that of (anti)baryons for pT>2 GeV/c, in marked contrast to the predictions of a hydrodynamical model. A quark-coalescence model is also investigated.
Physical Review Letters
- Pub Date:
- October 2003
- Particle and resonance production;
- Nuclear Experiment
- 325 authors, 6 pages text, RevTeX, 3 figures, 0 tables. This version accepted for publication in Phys. Rev. Lett. after minor changes in response to referee suggestions. Plain text data tables for the points plotted in figures for this and previous PHENIX publications are publicly available at http://www.phenix.bnl.gov/papers.html