17-24 July 2013
KTH and Stockholm University Campus
Europe/Stockholm timezone

Heavy Quarks in Heavy-Ion Collisions

18 Jul 2013, 15:18
E2 (KTH Campus)


KTH Campus

Talk presentation Ultrarelativistic Heavy Ions Ultrarelativistic Heavy Ions


Hendrik van Hees (Goethe University Frankfurt)


The heavy charm and bottom quarks and the associated open heavy-flavor mesons (D and B) are a valuable probe for the interactions in the hot and dense medium created in heavy-ion collisions. They are produced in the primordial hard collisions of partons within the nuclei and then traverse the hot and dense partonic (QGP) and hadronic (hadron gas) medium, which shows collective behavior, describable as flow of a nearly ideal fluid. This implies a fast thermalization and a strong coupling of the QGP. Due to their larger mass the heavy quarks are expected to be less equilibrated and thus the pT spectra (nuclear modification factor R_AA) and elliptic flow v_2 of open heavy-flavor mesons and "non-photonic electrons" from their semileptonic decay provide important insight about the coupling mechanisms of heavy quarks/open heavy-flavor mesons with the medium. This is investigated with help of Fokker-Planck/Langevin simulations of heavy quarks in a realistic bulk-medium background described with help of the UrQMD-hydro-hybrid model. The comparison of the results concerning R_AA and v_2 of D-mesons as well as non-photonic electrons with these simulations provide some information about the possible microscopic interaction mechanisms within the hot and dense medium responsible for the strong coupling of the medium and its early thermalization.

Primary author

Hendrik van Hees (Goethe University Frankfurt)


Mr Thomas Lang (Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS))

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