Münster 2017 – wissenschaftliches Programm

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HK: Fachverband Physik der Hadronen und Kerne

HK 40: Heavy Ion Collisions and QCD Phases IX

HK 40.9: Vortrag

Donnerstag, 30. März 2017, 16:00–16:15, F 3

Direct Photon Simulations with POWHEG BOX — •Hendrik Poppenborg — Institut für Kernphysik, Münster

Direct photons provide particular insight into nuclear collisions. Since they give immediate access to the energy scale of a hard scattering, direct photons allow further constraints of (nuclear) parton distribution functions, especially on the poorly known distribution of initial state gluons.

We present the POWHEG BOX implementation of the dominant direct photon production processes qgqγ and qqgγ at Next-to-Leading Order, interfaced with the PYTHIA8 parton shower. We aim for a robust description of direct photons and investigate therefore various simulation parameters of both the hard scattering kernel and the shower Monte Carlo. We present comparisons to direct/isolated photon measurements from ATLAS, CMS and ALICE and evaluate the improvement with respect to the PYTHIA8 standalone description. In preparation of the differential direct photons measurements to come, we will in addition provide a study about gamma-hadron and gamma-jet correlations including isolation criteria.

This work has been supported by the DFG (GRK 2149).

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