Jet tomography of Au + Au reactions including multi-gluon fluctuations

M. Gyulassy, P. Levai, I. Vitev

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Abstract

Jet tomography is the analysis of the attenuation pattern of high transverse momentum hadrons to determine certain line integral transforms of the density profile of the QCD matter produced in ultra-relativistic nuclear collisions. In this Letter, we calculate the distortion of jet tomography due to multi-gluon fluctuations within the GLV radiative energy loss formalism. We find that fluctuations of the average gluon number, (Ng) ∼ 3 for RHIC initial conditions, reduce the attenuation of pions by approximately a factor Z ≈ 0.4-0.5. Therefore the plasma density inferred from jet tomography without fluctuations must be enhanced by a factor 1/Z ∼ 2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)282-288
Number of pages7
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Volume538
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - júl. 4 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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