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Volume 345 - International Conference on Hard and Electromagnetic Probes of High-Energy Nuclear Collisions (HardProbes2018) - Jets & High-pT Hadrons
First calculation of $\hat{q}$ on a quenched SU(3) lattice and its scale dependence
A. Kumar,* A. Majumder, C. Nonaka
*corresponding author
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Pre-published on: 2019 January 11
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The transport coefficient $\hat{q}$ plays a pivotal role in describing the phenomenon of jet quenching in the quark-gluon plasma (QGP) produced in ultra-relativistic nucleus-nucleus collisions. It is challenging to compute this coefficient from first principles due to its non-perturbative nature. In this article, we present an $ab$-$initio$ formulation of $\hat{q}$ based on the standard techniques of perturbative quantum chromodynamics (pQCD) and lattice gauge theory. We construct $\hat{q}$ by considering a leading order (LO) process where a hard parton produced from the hard scattering undergoes transverse broadening due to scatterings with the thermal medium. We do an analytic continuation to the Euclidean region and use the dispersion relation to express $\hat{q}$ in terms of series of local Field-Strength-Field-Strength (FF) operators. Each term in the series is suppressed by the hard scale $q^{-}$. Finally, we compute the local operators on the quenched SU(3) lattice and present our estimates for $\hat{q}$.
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