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Access Type

WSU Access

Date of Award

January 2011

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Physics and Astronomy

First Advisor

Sergei Voloshin

Abstract

We present plots of the pattern of particle formation in $sqrt{s_{NN}}=200$ GeV Au+Au heavy ion collisions at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) using three different two-particle correlation measurements of number and transverse momentum as a function of relative azimuth, pseudorapidity and centrality. All three observables show the onset of a ``ridge" feature of enhanced correlations in pseudorapidity with increasing centrality. The plots of real data are compared to plots of simulations using RQMD data and data from a simple ``cluster'' model. The intent of the analysis is to analyze the role of radial flow in the onset of the ridge, and to offer canonical representations of the observables.