September 30, 2018 to October 5, 2018
Aix-Les-Bains, Savoie, France
Europe/Zurich timezone

Automated discovery of jet substructure analyses

Oct 2, 2018, 3:40 PM
Aix-Les-Bains, Savoie, France

Aix-Les-Bains, Savoie, France

Aix-Les-Bains, Congress Center Student Lectures Day: September 30 at CERN
2a) Jets and high-pT hadrons (TALK) Parallel 2


Yue Shi Lai (University of California Berkeley (US))


Jet substructure analysis has the promise to reveal the details of the QCD shower beyond existing jet cross section and coincidence measurements in hadron collider QCD and heavy-ion. Traditional jet substructure variables have been constructed using expert knowledge, and are largely transplanted, unmodified, from the high-energy physics to heavy-ion, thus inhibiting its performance as a QCD shower and fragmentation model discriminant. A novel neural network architecture is described that is capable to bootstrap the entire chain of statistical analysis on its own, and further allows the extraction of closed-form algebraic expressions from the learned result — allowing the automatically constructed jet substructure analysis to be subsequently understood and reproduced by humans. The type of jet substructure variables and analyses is discussed, when the neural network constructs is tasked to distinguish jets undergoing energy loss in different medium temperatures, demonstrated using both JEWEL and the Linearized Boltzmann Transport Monte Carlo, and at the presence of a realistic heavy-ion underlying event. The resulting analyses is shown to reliably distinguish different initial temperatures, a performance beyond existing, manually designed analyses.

Primary author

Yue Shi Lai (University of California Berkeley (US))

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