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Stability analysis of non-thermal fixed points in longitudinally expanding kinetic theory

We use the Hamiltonian formulation of kinetic theory to perform a stability analysis of non-thermal fixed points in a non-Abelian plasma. We construct a perturbative expansion of the Fokker-Planck collision kernel in an adiabatic approximation and …

The medium-modified $g\to c\bar{c}$ splitting function in the BDMPS-Z formalism

The formalism of Baier-Dokshitzer-Mueller-Peigné-Schiff and Zakharov determines modifications of parton splittings in the QCD plasma that arise from medium-induced gluon radiation. Here, we extend this BDMPS-Z formalism to medium-modifications of the …

Effect of thermal shear on longitudinal spin polarization in a thermal model

By including the recently introduced thermal shear term that contributes to the spin polarization vector at local equilibrium, we determine longitudinal polarization of $\Lambda$ hyperons emitted from a hot and rotating hadronic medium using the …

Ratios of jet and hadron spectra at LHC energies: measuring high-$p_T$ suppression without a $pp$ reference

In this work we analyze the reliability of several techniques for computing jet and hadron spectra at different collision energies. This is of particular relevance for discovering energy loss in the upcoming oxygen-oxygen (OO) run at the LHC, for …

An analysis of Bayesian estimates for missing higher orders in perturbative calculations

With current high precision collider data, the reliable estimation of theoretical uncertainties due to missing higher orders (MHOs) in perturbation theory has become a pressing issue for collider phenomenology. Traditionally, the size of the MHOs is …

Collective flow in single-hit QCD kinetic theory

Motivated by recent interest in collectivity in small systems, we calculate the harmonic flow response to initial geometry deformations within weakly coupled QCD kinetic theory using the first correction to the free-streaming background. We derive a …

The multiple-charm hierarchy in the statistical hadronization model

In relativistic nuclear collisions the production of hadrons with light (u,d,s) quarks is quantitatively described in the framework of the Statistical Hadronization Model (SHM). Charm quarks are dominantly produced in initial hard collisions but …

Discovering partonic rescattering in light nucleus collisions

We demonstrate that oxygen-oxygen (OO) collisions at the LHC provide unprecedented sensitivity to parton energy loss in a system whose size is comparable to those created in very peripheral heavy-ion collisions. With leading and next-to-leading order …

Predicting parton energy loss in small collision systems

Medium induced parton energy loss is not conclusively established neither in very peripheral heavy-ion collisions nor in proton-ion collisions. However, the standard interpretation of azimuthal momentum anisotropies in theses systems implies some …

Thermalization in QCD: theoretical approaches, phenomenological applications, and interdisciplinary connections

Heavy-ion collisions at BNL's Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collider (RHIC) and CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) provide strong evidence for the formation of a quark-gluon plasma, with temperatures extracted from relativistic viscous hydrodynamic …