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Heavy Flavor Jet Quenching in Relativistic Heavy Ion Collisions at the LHC

Wang, Tingting

This thesis describes the measurement of inclusive heavy flavor jet suppression in collisions between two lead nuclei with the center of mass energy per nucleon-nucleon pair of 2.76 TeV with the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The measurement of the heavy flavor jets and b-jet quenching at the LHC is important in the path towards the understanding of QGP. Parton showers initiated by heavy quarks are expected to be sensitive to the medium in a different way as the large quark mass suppresses the medium-induced radiation. This results in a different interplay between radiative and collisional energy loss. Therefore the analysis of the properties of jet associated with b hadrons (b-jet) is useful in understanding energy loss in the QGP. The inclusive b-jet suppression R AA has been measured using muons in jets, where a b-jet corresponds to a jet with at least one muon clustered with the anti-k t algorithm with parameter R = 0.2. The b-jets of p T between 30 GeV - 150 GeV are identified by the semileptonic decay of beauty hadrons. Muons originating from background sources, primarily Charm hadrons, pion and kaon decays, have been removed from the analysis using template fits to the distribution of a quantity(p T^rel) capable of statistically distinguishing between signal and background. The measured nuclear modification factor R AA has been presented in different centrality bins as a function of the b-jet transverse momentum p T.The results of R AA indicate that the yield of the most central event (0-10%) experiences more suppression compared to the most peripheral event (60-80%) by a factor of approximate 2.


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Cole, Brian A.
Ph.D., Columbia University
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October 24, 2017