In-Jet Tracking Efficiency Analysis for the STAR Time Projection Chamber in Polarized Proton-Proton Collisions at sqrt(s) = 200GeV
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As one of the major mid-rapidity tracking devices of the STAR detector at the Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collider (RHIC), the Time Projection Chamber (TPC) plays an important role in measuring trajectory and energy of high energy charged particles in polarized proton-proton collision experiments. TPC's in-jet tracking efficiency represents the largest systematic uncertainty on jet energy scale at high transverse momentum, whose measurement contributes to the understanding of the spin structure of protons. The objective of this analysis is to get a better estimation of this systematic uncertainty, through methods of pure Monte-Carlo simulation and real- data embedding, in which simulated tracks are embedded into real-data events. Be- sides, simulated tracks are also embedded into Monte-Carlo events, to make a strict comparison for the uncertainty estimation. The result indicates that the unexplained part of the systematic uncertainty is reduced to 3.3%, from a previous quoted value of 5%. This analysis also suggests that future analysis, such as embedding jets into zero-bias real data and analysis with much higher event statistics, will benefit the understanding of the systematic uncertainty of the in-jet TPC tracking efficiency.
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Huo, Liaoyuan (2012). In-Jet Tracking Efficiency Analysis for the STAR Time Projection Chamber in Polarized Proton-Proton Collisions at sqrt(s) = 200GeV. Master's thesis, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from