The production of K_short mesons in pp collisions at a centre-of-mass energy of 0.9 TeV is studied with the LHCb detector at the Large Hadron Collider. The luminosity of the analysed sample is determined using a novel technique, involving measurements of the beam currents, sizes and positions, and is found to be 6.8 +/- 1.0 microbarn^-1. The differential prompt K_short production cross-section is measured as a function of the K_short transverse momentum and rapidity in the region 0 < pT < 1.6 GeV/c and 2.5 < y < 4.0. The data are found to be in reasonable agreement with previous measurements and generator expectations.
The measured cross sections as a function of transverse momentum for prompt K0S production in three rapidity regions. The first systematic error is the uncorrelated systemtatic error and the second is the systematic error correlated across bins.
The double differential prompt K0S production cross section in three rapidity bands.
The double differential prompt K0S production cross section in the rapidity band 2.5 to 4.0.