Phys.Lett. B779 (2018) 409-413

by: Milhano, Guilherme (LIP, Lisbon) et al.

Jet quenching in heavy ion collisions is expected to be accompanied by recoil effects, but unambiguous signals for the induced medium response have been difficult to identify so far. Here, we argue that modern jet substructure measurements can improve this situation qualitatively since they are sensitive to the momentum distribution inside the jet. We show that the groomed subjet shared momentum fraction $z_g$, and the girth of leading and subleading subjets signal recoil effects with dependencies that are absent in a recoilless baseline. We find that recoil effects can explain most of the medium modifications to the $z_g$ distribution observed in data. Furthermore, for jets passing the Soft Drop Condition, recoil effects induce in the differential distribution of subjet separation $\Delta R_{12}$ a characteristic increase with $\Delta R_{12}$, and they introduce a characteristic enhancement of the girth of the subleading subjet with decreasing $z_g$. We explain why these qualitatively novel features, that we establish in \textsc{Jewel+Pythia} simulations, reflect generic physical properties of recoil effects that should therefore be searched for as telltale signatures of jet-induced medium response.
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