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Production of $$bbar{b}$$ at forward rapidity in $$p+p$$ collisions at $$sqrt{s}=510$$ GeV

Acharya, U.*; Hasegawa, Shoichi  ; Imai, Kenichi*; Nagamiya, Shoji*; Sako, Hiroyuki  ; Sato, Susumu ; Tanida, Kiyoshi  ; PHENIX Collaboration*; 344 of others*

The cross section of bottom quark-antiquark ($$bbar{b}$$) production in $$p+p$$ collisions at $$sqrt{s}=510$$ GeV is measured with the PHENIX detector at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider. The results are based on the yield of high mass, like-sign muon pairs measured within the PHENIX muon arm acceptance ($$1.2 < |y| < 2.2$$). The $$bbar{b}$$ signal is extracted from like-sign dimuons by utilizing the unique properties of neutral $$B$$ meson oscillation. We report a differential cross section of $$dsigma_{bbar{b} rightarrow mu^pmmu^pm}/dy = 0.16 pm 0.01~(mbox{stat}) pm 0.02~(mbox{syst}) pm 0.02~(mbox{global})$$ nb for like-sign muons in the rapidity and $$p_T$$ ranges $$1.2 < |y| < 2.2$$ and $$p_T > 1$$ GeV/$$c$$, and dimuon mass of 5 - 10 GeV/$$c^2$$. The extrapolated total cross section at this energy for $$bbar{b}$$ production is $$13.1 pm 0.6~(mbox{stat}) pm 1.5~(mbox{syst}) pm 2.7~(mbox{global})~mu$$b. The total cross section is compared to a perturbative quantum chromodynamics calculation and is consistent within uncertainties. The azimuthal opening angle between muon pairs from $$bbar{b}$$ decays and their $$p_T$$ distributions are compared to distributions generated using ${sc ps pythia 6}$, which includes next-to-leading order processes. The azimuthal correlations and pair $$p_T$$ distribution are not very well described by ${sc pythia}$ calculations, but are still consistent within uncertainties. Flavor creation and flavor excitation subprocesses are favored over gluon splitting.

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