Sunday, May 19, 2013

1305.3823 (Marlene Nahrgang et al.)

Azimuthal correlations of heavy quarks in Pb+Pb collisions at LHC
($\sqrt{s}=2.76$ TeV)

Marlene Nahrgang, Joerg Aichelin, Pol Bernard Gossiaux, Klaus Werner
In this paper we study the azimuthal correlations of heavy quarks in Pb+Pb collisions with $\sqrt{s}=2.76$ TeV at LHC. Due to the interaction with the medium heavy quarks and antiquarks are deflected from their original direction and the initial correlation of the pair is broadened. We investigate this effect for different transverse momentum classes. Low-momentum heavy-quark pairs lose their leading order back-to-back initial correlation, while a significant residual correlation survives at large momenta. Due to the larger acquired average deflection from their original directions the azimuthal correlations of heavy-quark pairs are broadened more efficiently in a purely collisional energy loss mechanism compared to including radiative corrections. This discriminatory feature survives when next-to-leading order production processes are included.
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