Physics PAN Seminar : Probing Quark-Gluon Plasma with heavy quarks
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Detroit, MI 48201
Probing Quark-Gluon Plasma with heavy quarks
Deepa Thomas, University of Texas at Austin
Heavy quarks (charm and beauty) are powerful probes to investigate the production and properties of Quark-Gluon Plasma (QGP), a deconfined medium produced in high-energy heavy-ion collisions. Heavy quarks are produced in hard scattering processes with large momentum transfer before the formation of the QGP, thus experiencing the full evolution of the system. The partons transversing the QGP undergo energy loss by collisional and radiative processes. The dependence of these processes on the mass and color charge of partons can be studied with charm and beauty quarks. Studies of heavy-flavor angular correlations and jets allows characterization of the heavy-quark fragmentation processes. They can provide constraints to energy loss models adding information on how the energy is dissipated. In this talk, I will present experimental measurements of heavy-flavour production with the ALICE detector at the LHC, discuss what we have learnt from these results, and project future prospects.