Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Christine E. Nattrass
Christine Nattrass, Soren Sorensen, Kenneth Read, Guillermo I. Maldonado
Hard partonic scatterings serve as an important probe of quark-gluon-plasma (QGP) properties. The properties of jets and their constituents can provide a tool for understanding the partonic energy loss mechanisms. Low momentum jets offer a unique window into partonic energy loss because they reconstruct the partons which have lost a significant amount of energy to the QGP medium. The main difficulty in studying low momentum jets in heavy ion collisions is the presence of a significant uncorrelated background of low momentum hadrons from soft processes. One way to deal with this background is to use jet- hadron correlations to fit and subtract the soft, flow-modulated background. This technique allows measurements of the near and away side yields. I present constituent yields for Pb–Pb collisions at √sNN = 5.02 TeV. These yields are a measurement of the raw fragmentation function. I also discuss prospects for unfolding the distributions of yields to get a corrected fragmentation function for low jet momenta.
Hughes, Charles P., "Measurement of Jet Constituent Yields in Pb-Pb Collisions at √sNN = 5.02 TeV Using the ALICE Detector. " PhD diss., University of Tennessee, 2022.