Special Article - Tools for Experiment and Theory
Q-PYTHIA: a medium-modified implementation of final state radiation
Departamento de Física de Partículas and IGFAE, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, 15706, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain
2 Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, 00044, Frascati (Roma), Italy
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Published online: 1 September 2009
We present a Monte Carlo implementation, within PYTHIA, of medium-induced gluon radiation in the final state branching process. Medium effects are introduced through an additive term in the splitting functions computed in the multiple-soft scattering approximation. The observable effects of this modification are studied for different quantities as fragmentation functions and the hump-backed plateau, and transverse momentum and angular distributions. The anticipated increase of intra-jet multiplicities, energy loss of the leading particle and jet broadening are observed as well as modifications of naive expectations based solely on analytical calculations. This shows the adequacy of a Monte Carlo simulator for jet analyses. Effects of hadronization are found to wash out medium effects in the soft region, while the main features remain. To show the performance of the implementation and the feasibility of our approach in realistic experimental situations we provide some examples: fragmentation functions, nuclear suppression factors, jet shapes and jet multiplicities. The package containing the modified routines is available for public use. This code, which is not an official PYTHIA release, is called Q-PYTHIA. We also include a short manual to perform the simulations of jet quenching.
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