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Jet quenching parameter in an expanding QCD plasma

By Edmond Iancu, Pieter Taels and Bin Wu


We study the phenomenon of transverse momentum broadening for a high-pT parton propagating through a weakly-coupled quark–gluon plasma undergoing boost-invariant longitudinal expansion. We propose a boost-invariant description for this phenomenon, in which the broadening refers to the angular variables η (the pseudo-rapidity) and ϕ (the azimuthal angle). The jet quenching parameter qˆ which enters this description depends upon the proper time alone. We furthermore consider radiative corrections to qˆ. As in the case of a static medium, we find potentially large corrections enhanced by a double logarithm. But unlike for the static medium, these corrections are now local in time: they depend upon the local (proper) time characterizing the expansion, and not upon the overall path length. We resum such corrections to all orders into a renormalized jet quenching parameter. The main effect of this resummation is to slow down the decrease of qˆ with increasing proper time

Topics: Physics, QC1-999
Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2018
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.physletb.2018.10.007
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