Study of Jet Quenching with Z plus jet Correlations in Pb-Pb and pp Collisions at root s(NN)=5.02 TeV

Sirunyan A. M. , Tumasyan A., Adam W., Asilar E., Bergauer T., Brandstetter J., ...More

PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, vol.119, no.8, 2017 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 119 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1103/physrevlett.119.082301
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus


The production of jets in association with Z bosons, reconstructed via the mu(+)mu(-) 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 p(T)(Z) > 60 GeV/c and a recoiling jet with p(T)(jet) > 30 GeV/c. The p(T) imbalance x(jZ) = p(T)(jet)/p(T)(Z), as well as the average number of jet partners per Z, R-jZ, was studied in intervals of p(T)(Z). The R-jZ 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 p(T)(jet) threshold because they lose energy.