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Title: Spin asymmetries for vector boson production in polarized p+p collisions

We study the cross section for vector boson (W±/Z0$$\star$$) production in polarized nucleon-nucleon collisions for low transverse momentum of the observed vector boson. For the case where one measures the transverse momentum and azimuthal angle of the vector bosons, we present the cross sections and the associated spin asymmetries in terms of transverse momentum dependent parton distribution functions (TMDs) at tree level within the TMD factorization formalism. To assess the feasibility of experimental measurements, we estimate the spin asymmetries forW±/Z0 boson production in polarized proton-proton collisions at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider by using current knowledge of the relevant TMDs. Here, we find that some of these asymmetries can be sizable if the suppression effect from TMD evolution is not too strong. The W program at RHIC can, thus, test and constrain spin theory by providing unique information on the universality properties of TMDs, TMD evolution, and the nucleon structure. For example, the single transverse spin asymmetries could be used to probe the well-known Sivers function f$$⊥q\atop{1T}$$, as well as the transversal helicity distribution g$$q\atop{1T}$$ via the parity-violating nature of W production.
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  1. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). Dept. of Physics
  2. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 2470-0010; PRVDAQ
Grant/Contract Number:
SC0012704; AC52-06NA25396
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review D
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 93; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 2470-0010
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Nuclear Physics (NP) (SC-26); USDOE Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Program
Country of Publication:
United States