Brookhaven Lecture

"531st Brookhaven Lecture - Melting jets in the quark-gluon plasma"

Presented by Yacine Mehtar-Tani, Physics Department

Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 4:00 pm — Videoconference / Virtual Event (see link below)

High energy jets have been instrumental in confirming QCD as the theory of strong interactions and play today an essential role in new physics searches as well as in probing the inner workings of the quark-gluon plasma (QGP). Understanding how the QGP forms and reaches thermal equilibrium is one of the main objectives of the RHIC research program. The upcoming sPhenix experiment is designed to fully exploit QCD jets to better comprehend the non-equilibrium dynamics of QCD. Jets are collimated bunches of energetic particles that, when passing through the QGP, lose a substantial amount of their energy and as a result a sizable fraction of jets end up being fully absorbed by the plasma. A lot of progress has been made in recent years to uncover the details of energy loss mechanisms on both the experiment and theory fronts. In this lecture I will focus on how the study of jet quenching in heavy ion collisions informs us about the transport properties of the QGP across a large range of scales. I will also report on new emergent phenomena associated with energy loss in hot QCD matter which can be probed at the future sPhenix.

Hosted by: Bjoern Schenke

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