Symmetry and Quantum Chromodynamics in Heavy-Hadron and Quarkonium Production

A special issue of Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994). This special issue belongs to the section "Physics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 250

Special Issue Editor

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Departamento de Física y Matemáticas, Universidad de Alcalá (UAH), Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain
Interests: hadronic structure and 3D proton tomography: transverse-momentum-dependent distributions; QCD at high energies: semi-hard reactions and unintegrated gluon densities; QCD and resummations: unified description of Higgs-boson, Drell-Yan and Quarkonia emissions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Studies on the production of heavy-quark flavored bound states in hadron, lepton, and lepton–hadron scatterings are widely recognized as excellent sounds to unveil the inner dynamics of fundamental interactions and their symmetry laws. Heavy quarks are expected to couple with beyond-the-Standard-Model objects, thus making them sentinels in the search for signals of New Physics. Yet, they can serve as useful tools to make precision studies of strong interactions, the charm and bottom masses lying in a region where perturbative quantum chromodynamics (QCD) is at work. A key role in the QCD context is played by the investigation of reactions featuring the emission of single heavy-flavored objects (principally Lambda baryons and D or B mesons) as well as of heavy quarkonium states. Although being easily studied at the experimental level, the theoretical description of their hadronization mechanism remains a challenge.

The aim of this Special Issue is to collect recent advancements in the description of heavy-flavor production mechanisms in a wide range of kinematic regions, and pioneering analyses on the exotic matter (e.g., hidden-charmed tetraquarks). Particularly welcomed are studies on the heavy-flavor sector as a tool to more deeply test QCD factorizations, resummations, and symmetry phenomena.

Prof. Dr. Francesco Giovanni Celiberto
Guest Editor

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  • quantum chromodynamics (QCD)
  • QCD symmetries
  • heavy flavor
  • quarkonia
  • exotic matter
  • production mechanisms
  • nonrelativistic QCD (NRQCD)
  • fragmentation
  • QCD factorizations
  • QCD resummations

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