Quarkonium dissociation in perturbative QCD

Juhee Hong, Su Houng Lee

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For weakly bound quarkonia, we rederive the next-to-leading order cross sections of quarkonium dissociation by partons that include the hard thermal loop (HTL) resummation. Our results calculated with an effective vertex from the Bethe-Salpeter amplitude reduce to those obtained by potential nonrelativistic QCD (pNRQCD) in the relevant kinematical limit, and they can be used in a wide temperature range applicable to heavy-quark systems in heavy-ion collisions. Based on the lattice computation of the temperature-dependent binding energy, our numerical analysis on ϒ(1S) indicates that at high temperature the dominant mechanism for quarkonium dissociation is inelastic parton scattering as expected in the quasifree approximation, while it is gluo-dissociation at low temperature. By comparing with the momentum diffusion coefficient of a heavy quark, we discuss possible O(g) corrections to the next-to-leading-order thermal width.

Original languageEnglish
Article number034905
JournalPhysical Review C
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Mar 15

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work is supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIT) (No. 2018R1C1B6008119 and No. 2016R1D1A1B03930089).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 American Physical Society.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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