Quantifying properties of hot and dense QCD matter through systematic model-to-data comparison

Jonah E. Bernhard, Peter W. Marcy, Christopher E. Coleman-Smith, Snehalata Huzurbazar, Robert L. Wolpert, Steffen A. Bass, arXiv:1502.00339 [nucl-th]

Abstract: We systematically compare an event-by-event heavy-ion collision model to data from the Large Hadron Collider. Using a general Bayesian method, we probe multiple model parameters including fundamental quark-gluon plasma properties such as the specific shear viscosity η/s, calibrate the model to optimally reproduce experimental data, and extract quantitative constraints for all parameters simultaneously. The method is universal and easily extensible to other data and collision models.

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