High Energy Physics Seminar: Zhongbo Kang, LANL
Title: Heavy Flavor Physics in Heavy Ion Collisions
Abstract: Theoretical and experimental advances in understanding light jet production and modification in nucleus-nucleus collisions have been a highlight of the LHC heavy ion program. At the same time, the detailed mechanisms of heavy quark propagation and energy loss in dense QCD matter are not fully understood. In this talk, we will present our recent theoretical calculations for the nuclear-induced attenuation of the differential cross section for the inclusive b-jet production in heavy ion collisions, to be compared with the future RHIC and LHC experimental measurements. We discuss how the detailed b-jet quenching patterns can be used to gain new insight into the in-medium heavy flavor dynamics. At the end of the talk, we also briefly mention photon-triggered heavy meson production and how it could provide fresh insight into the details of the jet quenching mechanism.