Exploring the phase space of medium induced QCD radiation with jets in ALICE at the LHC

Andrews, Harry Arthur (2019). Exploring the phase space of medium induced QCD radiation with jets in ALICE at the LHC. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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Jets are back to back cascades of particles produced in the hard scattering of quarks and gluons. The pattern of cascade as these recoiling partons separate is governed by the properties of Quatum Chromo-Dynamics (QCD), the field theory for the strong nuclear force that binds together the quarks and gluons that make up the atomic nucleus. Studying jets from their production to their fragmentation gives insight into various unanswered aspects of QCD. Additionally, studying their modification in the presence of a strongly interacting deconfined medium of quarks and gluons produced in heavy-ion collisions, known as the Quark-Gluon Plasma (QGP), can help us to understand the properties of the strong nuclear force under the most extreme conditions akin to those believed to exist at the earliest stages of the universe or in the core of neutron stars.

In this thesis, novel approaches to studying jet substructure are presented. Measurements were performed using the ALICE detector at the CERN LHC on pp collisions with a centre-of-mass energy of \(\sqrt{s}\) = 7 TeV and Pb-Pb collisions at \(\sqrt{s_{NN}}\) = 2.76 TeV. The results from Pb-Pb collisions are compared to those from pp collisions where significant differences in the momentum fraction between two subjects identified via grooming methods was observed. Additionally, new measurement are performed on the number of splittings identified in jets using iterative declustering techniques.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School or Department: School of Physics and Astronomy
Funders: Science and Technology Facilities Council
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/9679


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