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Fourier Harmonics of High-pT Particles Probing the Fluctuating Intitial Condition Geometries in Heavy-Ion Collisions

By Barbara Betz, Miklos Gyulassy and Giorgio Torrieri


Second Fourier harmonics of jet quenching have been thoroughly explored in the literature and shown to be sensitive to the underlying jet path-length dependence of energy loss and the differences between the mean eccentricity predicted by Glauber and CGC/KLN models of initial conditions. We compute the jet path-length dependence of energy-loss for higher azimuthal harmonics of jet-fragments in a generalized model of energy-loss for RHIC energies and find, however, that even the high-$p_T$ second moment is most sensitive to the poorly known early-time evolution during the first fm/c. Moreover, we demonstrate that higher-jet harmonics are remarkably insensitive to the initial conditions, while the different $v_n(N_{part})$ vs. $v_n^{I_{AA}}(N_{part})$ correlations between the moments of monojet and dijet nuclear modifications factors remain a most sensitive probe to differentiate between Glauber and CGC/KLN initial state sQGP geometries.Comment: 6 pages, 7 figures, updated figures, version accepted for publication in Phys. Rev.

Topics: Nuclear Theory, High Energy Physics - Phenomenology
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1103/PhysRevC.84.024913
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