Jets and Centrality in p(d)-A Collisions

26 Sep 2015  ·  Kordell M., Majumder A. ·

The production of jets, and high-$p_{T}$ leading pions from jets, in d-Au collisions at the Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collider (RHIC) and p-Pb collisions at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) are studied. Using a modified version of the event generator PYTHIA, in conjunction with a nuclear Glauber Monte-Carlo event generator, we demonstrate how events with a hard jet may be simulated, in such a way that the parton distribution function of the projectile nucleon is frozen during its interaction with the extended nucleus... Using our hybrid Monte-Carlo event generator, we demonstrate that the enhancement in $R_{pA}$ seen in peripheral events at RHIC and at LHC, as well as the depletion in central or semi-central events, is mainly due to "mis-binning" of central and semi-central events with a jet, as peripheral events. This occurs due to the reduction of soft particle production caused by a depletion of energy available in a nucleon (of the deuteron in the case of d-Au collisions), after the production of a hard jet. This represents a form of "color transparency" of the projectile nucleon, which has fluctuated to a state with fewer and harder partons, in events which lead to jet production. We conclude with discussions of the form of multi-parton correlations in a nucleon which may be responsible for such a startling effect. read more

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