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HEP: Jet and heavy flavor physics in the framework of Soft Collinear Effective Theory

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Ivan Vitev, Los Alamos National Laboratory
When
19 April 2017 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Where
339 Davey Laboratory
Contact Name
Anna Stasto
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Soft Collinear Effective Theory (SCET) is an effective theory of QCD ideally suited to describe jet physics and significantly increase the precision of theoretical predictions at today’s high-energy collider facilities. Traditionally, SCET calculations are performed in the exclusive limit of well-defined number of final-state jets. In this talk I will describe very recent advances in understanding inclusive jet production and jet substructure in this framework.  The development of a background field approach to parton propagation in matter, building upon SCET, has allowed us to take first steps toward unifying parton showers in proton and heavy in collisions. I will further present a consistent calculation of inclusive heavy meson and light jet production at next-to-leading order in nucleus-nucleus collisions. The connection to energy loss heavy ion phenomenology will be elucidated and comparisons presented to recent LHC data.

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