Successes, Failures, and Uncertainties in the Theory of Jet Physics in Heavy Ion Collisions - via teleconference
|Date/Time:||Thursday, 18 Feb 2010 from 12:10 pm to 1:10 pm|
|Location:||Zaffarano A 401|
|Contact:||James Vary ()|
The basic theoretical and experimental tools of heavy ion phenomenology are reviewed, including the application of AdS/CFT to bulk QCD physics. Paying special attention to high momentum probes, we discuss the qualitative successes and quantitative failures of both perturbative QCD and AdS/CFT and propose novel experimental observables for falsifying one or both sets of calculations. The extension of AdS heavy quark drag to both hot and cold nuclear matter, giving greater confidence in the universality of those results, is presented. And the assumptions underpinning the pQCD derivations is investigated leading to quantitative estimates of a systematic theoretical error for perturbative predictions in jet quenching.