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Jet Quenching at RHIC

vs LHC in Light of Recent dAu vs pPb Controls


In the last decade of the RHIC physics program, studies of jet quenching has played an important role in the discovery and detailed characterization of the strongly interacting Quark-Gluon Plasma. However, these studies also generated several critical puzzles, such as the azimuthal anisotropy of jet quenching, heavy flavor energy loss and initial state suppression, hinting at missing ingredients in our current understanding of jet quenching. Now only two years into the data taking, LHC has produced new measurements on a variety of existing and new jet quenching observables, over a much broader kinematic range.

In addition, by April 2013 new initial state control data via p+A collisions will become available from both RHIC and LHC. With these fresh RHIC and LHC inputs combined, we will be poised to achieve a much better understanding of the hard probes for the quark-gluon matter (such as initial state saturation effects, effective jet medium couplings and tomographic structures) and the implication of these observables about the evolving properties of the Quark-Gluon Plasma from RHIC to LHC.

The purpose of this Workshop is to critically review the recent progress on the theory and phenomenology of jet quenching including both RHIC and LHC data, to develop a consistent unifed picture of jet quenching from RHIC to LHC, and to formulate new research efforts for the future.

Specific topics we plan to address include:

  • To what extent do we achieve control over initial state effects in light of the new dAu and pPb data?
  • How do the medium properties change from RHIC to LHC?
  • Can we achieve precision by combining the vast amount of data from RHIC and LHC?
  • How does the jet quenching response to fluctuating initial geometry (jet tomography) evolve from RHIC to LHC?


Presentations will be mainly by invitation. We expect to be able to accommodate a limited number of contributed talks. If you are interested in presenting a contributed talk, please contact one of the organizers: Miklos Gyulassy, Jiangyong Jia, or Jinfeng Liao.

Workshop Organizers

  • Miklos Gyulassy (Columbia University)
  • Jiangyong Jia (BNL)
  • Jinfeng Liao (IU/RBRC)

Special Evening Event

Registered attendees are invited to attend the optional banquet dinner after the Workshop on Tuesday, April 16, 2012 at the Brookhaven Center South Room; free of charge for registered participants. Directions

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Last Modified: March 26, 2013