Nuclear Particle Astrophysics (NPA) Seminar: Björn Schenke, Brookhaven National Laboratory, “Revealing proton shape fluctuations”

Event time: 
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Wright Lab, 210 Conference Room (WL210) See map
272 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, CT 06520
(Location is wheelchair accessible)
Event description: 

I will discuss recent advances in understanding fluctuations of the proton shape and their effect on diffractive vector meson production in electron proton scattering at HERA and anisotropic flow measurements in proton+lead collisions at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
I will present the theoretical description of both processes, which is based on an effective theory of quantum chromo dynamics (QCD), the Color Glass Condensate. In case of proton+lead collisions, the calculation has to be supplemented by relativistic hydrodynamic evolution of the created medium to convert initial spatial structures to final state (anisotropic) momentum distributions of produced particles. In both e+p and p+Pb systems, we find that significant fluctuations of the proton shape are necessary to reproduce certain experimental observables.