Heavy quark jet fragmentation

Lin Dai, Chul Kim, Adam K. Leibovich

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In this paper we study the fragmentation of a parton into a jet containing a heavy quark. When heavy quarks are involved in a jet, the quark mass can lead to a numerically significant correction to the jet cross section and its substructure. With this motivation, we calculated the heavy quark mass effects to next-to-leading order in αs on the fragmentation functions to a jet (FFJs) and the jet fragmentation functions (JFFs), where the former describes fragmentation of parton into a jet and the latter describes fragmenting processes inside a jet. The finite size of the heavy quark mass does not change the ultraviolet behaviors, but it can give significant corrections to the finite contributions. When we take the zero mass limit, we find that the FFJs and the JFFs reproduce established results for massless partons. If we define the heavy quark jet as one that include at least one heavy (anti-)quark, the tagged heavy quark jet production is sensitive to the heavy quark mass and produces large logarithms of the mass. Taking advantage of the FFJs and JFFs, we formulate a factorization theorem for heavy quark jet production in order to resum these large logarithms systematically. As an application, we study inclusive b-jet production and show phenomenological implications due to keeping a non-zero quark mass.

Original languageEnglish
Article number109
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Perturbative QCD
  • Resummation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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