Collision energy dependence of moments of net-kaon multiplicity distributions at RHIC
Physics Letters B, 785, 551-560
Fluctuations of conserved quantities such as baryon number, charge, and strangeness are sensitive to the correlation length of the hot and dense matter created in relativistic heavy-ion collisions and can be used to search for the QCD critical point. We report the first measurements of the moments of net-kaon multiplicity distributions in Au+Au collisions at root s(NN) = 7.7, 11.5, 14.5, 19.6, 27, 39, 62.4, and 200 GeV. The collision centrality and energy dependence of the mean (M), variance (sigma(2)), skewness (S), and kurtosis (kappa) for net-kaon multiplicity distributions as well as the ratio sigma(2)/M and the products S sigma and kappa sigma(2) are presented. Comparisons are made with Poisson and negative binomial baseline calculations as well as with UrQMD, a transport model (UrQMD) that does not include effects from the QCD critical point. Within current uncertainties, the net-kaon cumulant ratios appear to be monotonic as a function of collision energy. (c) 2018 The Author. Published by Elsevier B.V.
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L. Adamczyk, R. Lednický, . et al., "Collision energy dependence of moments of net-kaon multiplicity distributions at RHIC", Physics Letters B, 785, 551-560 (2018)