Multiple parton scattering in nuclei: Heavy quark energy loss andmodified fragmentation functions

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Multiple scattering, induced radiative energy loss and modified fragmentation functions of a heavy quark in nuclear matter are studied within the framework of generalized factorization in perturbative QCD. Modified heavy quark fragmentation functions and energy loss are derived in detail with illustration of the mass dependencies of the Landau-Pomeranchuk-Migdal interference effects and heavy quark energy loss. Due to the quark mass dependence of the gluon formation time, the nuclear size dependencies of nuclear modification of the heavy quark fragmentation function and heavy quark energy loss are found to change from a linear to a quadratic form when the initial energy ... continued below

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Zhang, Ben-Wei; Wang, Enke & Wang, Xin-Nian November 20, 2004.

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Multiple scattering, induced radiative energy loss and modified fragmentation functions of a heavy quark in nuclear matter are studied within the framework of generalized factorization in perturbative QCD. Modified heavy quark fragmentation functions and energy loss are derived in detail with illustration of the mass dependencies of the Landau-Pomeranchuk-Migdal interference effects and heavy quark energy loss. Due to the quark mass dependence of the gluon formation time, the nuclear size dependencies of nuclear modification of the heavy quark fragmentation function and heavy quark energy loss are found to change from a linear to a quadratic form when the initial energy and momentum scale are increased relative to the quark mass. The radiative energy loss of the heavy quark is also significantly suppressed due to limited cone of gluon radiation imposed by the mass. Medium modification of the heavy quark fragmentation functions is found to be limited to the large z region due to the form of heavy quark fragmentation functions in vacuum.

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  • Journal Name: Nuclear Physics A; Journal Volume: 757; Journal Issue: 3-4; Related Information: Journal Publication Date: 08/22/2005

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Zhang, Ben-Wei; Wang, Enke & Wang, Xin-Nian. Multiple parton scattering in nuclei: Heavy quark energy loss andmodified fragmentation functions, article, November 20, 2004; Berkeley, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc874299/: accessed August 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.