Regular Article - Theoretical Physics
Energy versus centrality dependence of the jet quenching parameter at RHIC and LHC: a new puzzle?
Instituto Galego de Física de Altas Enerxías IGFAE, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, 15782, Galicia, Spain
2 Instituto de Física-Universidade de São Paulo, Rua do Matão Travessa R, No. 187, Cidade Universitária, 05508-090, São Paulo, Brazil
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Accepted: 12 August 2016
Published online: 26 August 2016
The central goal of jet quenching studies in high-energy nuclear collisions is the characterization of those QCD medium properties that are accessible by these probes. Most of the discussion in the last years has been focused on the determination of the jet quenching parameter, . We present here an extraction of this parameter using data of inclusive particle suppression at RHIC and LHC energies for different centralities. Our approach consists in fitting a K factor that quantifies the departure of this parameter from an ideal estimate, , where is determined by the local medium quantities as provided by hydrodynamical calculations. We find that this K factor is larger at RHIC than at the LHC, as obtained already in previous analyses, but, surprisingly, it is almost independent of the centrality of the collision. Taken at face value, the K factor would not depend on the local properties of the medium as energy density or temperature, but on global collision quantities such as the center of mass energy. This is a very intriguing, unexpected possibility for which we cannot yet provide a clear interpretation. We also comment on the limitations of the formalism that may affect this conclusion.
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