Speaker: Prof. Dr. Michael Klasen (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster)
Title of Talk: Probing the QCD phase structure with heavy quarks: Nuclear PDFs

Abstract: The nuclear structure at high energies is an important research topic not only for our understanding of the fundamental quark and gluon dynamics in protons and neutrons bound in nuclei, but also for determining the initial conditions in the creation of a new state of matter, the quark-gluon plasma (QGP). While the evolution of parton distribution functions (PDFs) with the squared energy scale can be calculated in perturbative QCD, their dependence on the longitudinal momentum fraction must be fitted to experimental data. We review the current status of the nCTEQ project and discuss the impact of quarkonium and heavy-quark production data from the LHC on nuclear PDFs and on the description of the QGP phase structure within the Statistical Hadronization Model.

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