Strange particle production in proton–proton collisions at \(\sqrt{s}=0.9\) \(\mbox {${\rm TeV}$}\) with ALICE at the LHC

The ALICE Collaboration

Abstract

The production of mesons containing strange quarks (\(\mbox {$\mathrm {K^{0}_{S}}$}\), φ) and both singly and doubly strange baryons (\(\mbox {$\mathrm {\Lambda }$}\), \(\mbox {$\overline {\mathrm {\Lambda }}$}\), and \(\mbox {$\mathrm {\Xi ^{-}+\overline {\Xi }^{+}}$}\)) are measured at mid-rapidity in pp collisions at \(\sqrt{s}\) = 0.9 \({\rm TeV}\) with the ALICE experiment at the LHC. The results are obtained from the analysis of about 250 k minimum bias events recorded in 2009. Measurements of yields (dN/dy) and transverse momentum spectra at mid-rapidity for inelastic pp collisions are presented. For mesons, we report yields (〈dN/dy〉) of 0.184±0.002(stat.)±0.006(syst.) for \(\mbox {$\mathrm {K^{0}_{S}}$}\) and 0.021±0.004(stat.)±0.003(syst.) for φ. For baryons, we find 〈dN/dy〉=0.048±0.001(stat.)±0.004(syst.) for \(\mbox {$\mathrm {\Lambda }$}\), 0.047±0.002(stat.)±0.005(syst.) for \(\mbox {$\overline {\mathrm {\Lambda }}$}\) and 0.0101±0.0020(stat.)±0.0009(syst.) for \(\mbox {$\mathrm {\Xi ^{-}+\overline {\Xi }^{+}}$}\). The results are also compared with predictions for identified particle spectra from QCD-inspired models and provide a baseline for comparisons with both future pp measurements at higher energies and heavy-ion collisions.

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