Probing superfast quarks in nuclei through dijet production at the LHC

Adam J. Freese, Misak M. Sargsian, Mark I. Strikman

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We investigate dijet production from proton-nucleus collisions at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) as a means for observing superfast quarks in nuclei with Bjorken Kinematically, superfast quarks can be identified through directly measurable jet kinematics. Dynamically, their description requires understanding several elusive properties of nuclear QCD, such as nuclear forces at very short distances, as well as medium modification of parton distributions in nuclei. In the present work, we develop a model for nuclear parton distributions at large x in which the nuclear dynamics at short distance scales are described by two- and three-nucleon short range correlations (SRCs). Nuclear modifications are accounted for using the color screening model, and an improved description of the EMC effect is reached by using a structure function parametrization that includes higher-twist contributions. We apply QCD evolution at the leading order to obtain nuclear parton distributions in the kinematic regime of the LHC, and based on the obtained distributions calculate the cross section for dijet production. We find that the rates of the dijet production in pA collisions at kinematics accessible by ATLAS and CMS are sufficient not only to observe superfast quarks but also to get information about the practically unexplored three-nucleon SRCs in nuclei. Additionally, the LHC can extend our knowledge of the EMC effect to large where higher-twist effects are negligible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number534
Pages (from-to)1-28
Number of pages28
JournalEuropean Physical Journal C
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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