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Physical Review D 77 (2008) 114017
Collisional energy loss of a fast heavy quark in a quark-gluon plasma
S. Peigne1, A. Peshier1

We discuss the average collisional energy loss dE/dx of a heavy quark crossing a quark-gluon plasma, in the limit of high quark energy E >> M^2/T, where M is the quark mass and T >> M is the plasma temperature. In the fixed coupling approximation, at leading order dE/dx \propto \alpha_s^2, with a coefficient which is logarithmically enhanced. The soft logarithm arising from t-channel scattering off thermal partons is well-known, but a collinear logarithm from u-channel exchange had previously been overlooked. We also determine the constant beyond those leading logarithms. We then generalize our calculation of dE/dx to the case of running coupling. We estimate the remaining theoretical uncertainty of dE/dx, which turns out to be quite large under RHIC conditions. Finally, we point out an approximate relation between dE/dx and the QCD Debye mass, from which we derive an upper bound to dE/dx for all quark energies.
1 :  SUBATECH - Laboratoire SUBATECH Nantes
Physique/Physique des Hautes Energies - Phénoménologie
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