Heavy Flavor

Depending on the energy scale, there are two mechanisms that generate quark masses with different degrees of importance: current quark masses are generated by the electroweak symmetry breaking mechanism (Higgs mass) and spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking leads to the constituent quark masses in QCD (QCD mass). The QCD interaction strongly affects the light quarks (u, d, s) while the heavy quark masses (c, b, t) are mainly determined by the Higgs mechanism. In high-energy nuclear collisions at RHIC, heavy quarks are produced through gluon fusion and qq¯ annihilation. Heavy quark production is also sensitive to the parton distribution function. Unlike the light quarks, heavy quark masses are not modified by the surrounding QCD medium (or the excitations of the QCD medium) and the value of their masses is much higher than the initial excitation of the system. It is these differences between light and heavy quarks in a medium that make heavy quarks an ideal probe to study the properties of the hot and dense medium created in high-energy nuclear collisions.


Heavy flavor analyses at STAR can be separated into quarkonia, open heavy flavor and heavy flavor leptons.


Abstract EPS-HEP 2019


Abstract for SQM2019 -- Te-Chuan Huang


Comments to lukas


TOF efficiency

MB triggers
|V_z| < 6 cm
|v_z(VPD)-V_z| < 3 cm
TPC nHits > 15
PID 3sigma

sPHENIX performance study based on Fast Simulation


BCmeeting presentation


PicoDst QA Run16065027 (test)


Calculation of weight for central5 events (analysis of NPE in central UU collisions)


Calculating weight for refMult of central5 events - UU collisions


ICNFP proceedings


pi0/eta Dalitz full embedding QA



QM15 poster - NPE in central U+U collisions

refMult distribution

Raa vs Ncoll comparison table

RaavsNcoll_comparison pT = 4-10 GeV

noEMC/invariant mass distributions

EMC efficiency AuAu

Raa vs. Npart

EMC efficiency