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September 6, 2019 | 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Physics #312 | Map
666 W. Hancock
Detroit, MI 48201
Cost: Free
Audience: Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty

WSU PAN seminar by Jasmine Brewer (MIT)

Title: Sorting out jet quenching in heavy-ion collisions
Abstract: We introduce a new "quantile'' analysis strategy to study the modification of jets as they traverse through a droplet of quark-gluon plasma. To date, most jet modification studies have been based on comparing the jet properties measured in heavy-ion collisions to a proton-proton baseline at the same reconstructed jet transverse momentum $p_T$. It is well known, however, that the quenching of jets from their interaction with the medium leads to a migration of jets from higher to lower $p_T$, making it challenging to directly infer the degree and mechanism of jet energy loss. Our proposed quantile matching procedure is inspired by (but not reliant on) the approximate monotonicity of energy loss in the jet $p_T$. In this strategy, jets in heavy-ion collisions ordered by $p_T$ are viewed as modified versions of the same number of highest-energy jets in proton-proton collisions. Despite non-monotonic fluctuations in the energy loss, we use an event generator to validate the strong correlation between the $p_T$ of the parton that initiates a heavy-ion jet and the $p_T$ of the vacuum jet which corresponds to it via the quantile procedure. We demonstrate that this strategy both provides a complementary way to study jet modification and mitigates the effect of $p_T$ migration in heavy-ion collisions.

For more information about this event, please contact Raghav Kunnawalkam Elayavalli at +1 732 532 9232.