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Title: Prospects of medium tomography using back-to-back hadron correlations

Abstract

We discuss the prospects of extracting information on bulk QCD matter distribution and evolution on the basis of hard hadronic back-to-back correlations in ultrarelativistic heavy-ion collisions. Using both hydrodynamic and parametrized evolution models for the space-time evolution of produced matter, which have been tested against data from the BNL Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collider, we study six different setups for the space-time dependence of hard-parton energy losses. Assuming that the energy loss of hard partons traversing the medium is radiative and calculable in the Baier-Dokshitzer-Mueller-Peigne-Schiff formalism, we adjust one parameter, the quenching power scale, to the measured nuclear suppression factor R{sub AA} in each of the setups and study the systematic variations of the back-to-back yield as a function of transverse momentum p{sub T}. We show which space-time regions are probed by one- and two-particle observables and study in some detail the role of longitudinal and transverse expansion. We also comment on the importance of considering fluctuations around the average energy loss. We conclude that while current data are too limited in momentum coverage, future data for higher trigger energy might provide the lever arm in away-side hadron momentum necessary to perform medium tomography, provided that sufficient precision can be achieved.

Authors:
;  [1]
  1. Department of Physics, University of Jyvaeskylae, P.O. Box 35, FI-40014, Jyvaeskylae (Finland) and Helsinki Institute of Physics, University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 64, FI-00014, Helsinki (Finland)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
20995314
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physical Review. C, Nuclear Physics; Journal Volume: 75; Journal Issue: 5; Other Information: DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevC.75.054910; (c) 2007 The American Physical Society; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
73 NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RADIATION PHYSICS; BNL; BROOKHAVEN RHIC; CORRELATIONS; ENERGY LOSSES; FLUCTUATIONS; HADRONS; HEAVY ION REACTIONS; QUANTUM CHROMODYNAMICS; RELATIVISTIC RANGE; SPACE-TIME; TOMOGRAPHY; TRANSVERSE MOMENTUM

Citation Formats

Renk, Thorsten, and Eskola, Kari J. Prospects of medium tomography using back-to-back hadron correlations. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVC.75.054910.
Renk, Thorsten, & Eskola, Kari J. Prospects of medium tomography using back-to-back hadron correlations. United States. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVC.75.054910.
Renk, Thorsten, and Eskola, Kari J. Tue . "Prospects of medium tomography using back-to-back hadron correlations". United States. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVC.75.054910.
@article{osti_20995314,
title = {Prospects of medium tomography using back-to-back hadron correlations},
author = {Renk, Thorsten and Eskola, Kari J.},
abstractNote = {We discuss the prospects of extracting information on bulk QCD matter distribution and evolution on the basis of hard hadronic back-to-back correlations in ultrarelativistic heavy-ion collisions. Using both hydrodynamic and parametrized evolution models for the space-time evolution of produced matter, which have been tested against data from the BNL Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collider, we study six different setups for the space-time dependence of hard-parton energy losses. Assuming that the energy loss of hard partons traversing the medium is radiative and calculable in the Baier-Dokshitzer-Mueller-Peigne-Schiff formalism, we adjust one parameter, the quenching power scale, to the measured nuclear suppression factor R{sub AA} in each of the setups and study the systematic variations of the back-to-back yield as a function of transverse momentum p{sub T}. We show which space-time regions are probed by one- and two-particle observables and study in some detail the role of longitudinal and transverse expansion. We also comment on the importance of considering fluctuations around the average energy loss. We conclude that while current data are too limited in momentum coverage, future data for higher trigger energy might provide the lever arm in away-side hadron momentum necessary to perform medium tomography, provided that sufficient precision can be achieved.},
doi = {10.1103/PHYSREVC.75.054910},
journal = {Physical Review. C, Nuclear Physics},
number = 5,
volume = 75,
place = {United States},
year = {Tue May 15 00:00:00 EDT 2007},
month = {Tue May 15 00:00:00 EDT 2007}
}