Systematic study of the elliptic flow at RHIC-PHENIX

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Date/Time:Wednesday, 08 Dec 2010 from 1:10 am to 2:00 am
Location:A401 Zaffarano
Phone:515-294-6952
Channel:Nuclear Physics
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Maya Shimomura, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan

The transverse momentum (pT) and centrality dependence of the azimuthal anisotropy (v2) are measured for charged hadron species at √sNN = 62.4 and 200 GeV in Cu + Cu and Au + Au collisions by the PHENIX experiment at RHIC. The results are consistent with eccentricity scaling and with quark number + KET scaling. Also, we found that v2 divided by the participant eccentricity of the initial geometry proportionally increases with the number of participants to the 1/3 power except at small Npart in Cu+Cu at 62.4 GeV. Taking these scalings (quark number, KET, eccentricity and Npart1/3 into account, there is a universal scaling for v2 with different energies, collision sizes and particle species. The results indicate that v2 is determined by more than just the geometrical eccentricity and also depends on the size of collision. Moreover, using the blast wave fitting, we report that both the behaviors of v2 and pT distributions can be understood from the thermal nature of produced particles based on hydro-dynamical behavior.