Background fluctuations in jet studies in heavy ion collisions

Jun 2, 2020, 7:30 AM
1h 20m


Poster Presentation Jets and High Momentum Hadrons Poster session


Christine Nattrass (University of Tennessee (US))


Jets produced in high energy heavy ion collisions are quenched by the production of the quark gluon plasma. Measurements of these jets are influenced by the methods used to suppress and subtract the large, fluctuating background and the assumptions inherent in these methods. We compare measurements of the background by the ALICE collaboration [1] to PYTHIA Angantyr simulations of Pb-Pb collisions and to a data-driven random background generator. Angantyr over-estimates the predictions for the standard deviations of the energy in random cones at an approximate level of 15%, indicating that fluctuations due to mini-jets and resonances are not negligible in Angantyr. We are able to describe the standard deviation of the energy in random cones in the background generator as a convolution of number and momentum fluctuations in agreement with the form predicted in the ALICE paper. The description works well for an azimuthally isotropic background but slightly underestimates the width of the correlations for a flow-modulated background. We derive the expected impact of flow on the background and compare to the data-driven background generator.

[1] The ALICE Collaboration, JHEP 2012(3):53, March 2012.

Contribution type Contributed Talk
Track Jets and High Momentum Hadrons

Primary authors

Christine Nattrass (University of Tennessee (US)) Antonio Carlos Oliveira Da Silva (University of Tennessee - Knoxville) Charles Hughes (University of Tennessee (US))

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