Study of Jet Quenching with $Z+\text{jet}$ Correlations in Pb-Pb and $pp$ Collisions at ${\sqrt{s}}_{NN}=5.02\text{ }\text{ }\mathrm{TeV}$

CMS Collaboration, Shimaa Abu Zeid, Freya Blekman, Jorgen D'Hondt, Nadir Daci, Isabelle Helena De Bruyn, Kevin Deroover, Steven Lowette, Seth Moortgat, Lieselotte Moreels, Annik Olbrechts, Quentin Python, Stefaan Tavernier, Walter Van Doninck, Petra Van Mulders, Isis Marina Van Parijs, Kirill Skovpen

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The production of jets in association with Z bosons, reconstructed via the μ+μ- and e+e- decay channels, is studied in pp and, for the first time, in Pb-Pb collisions. Both data samples were collected by the CMS experiment at the LHC, at a nucleon-nucleon center-of-mass energy of 5.02 TeV. The Pb-Pb collisions were analyzed in the 0%–30% centrality range. The back-to-back azimuthal alignment was studied in both pp and Pb-Pb collisions for Z bosons with transverse momentum pTZ>60  GeV/c and a recoiling jet with pTjet>30  GeV/c. The pT imbalance xjZ=pTjet/pTZ, as well as the average number of jet partners per Z, RjZ, was studied in intervals of pTZ. The RjZ is found to be smaller in Pb-Pb than in pp collisions, which suggests that in Pb-Pb collisions a larger fraction of partons associated with the Z bosons fall below the 30  GeV/c pTjet threshold because they lose energy.
Original languageEnglish
Article number082301
Number of pages18
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 23 Aug 2017

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