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Open Access Dissertation

Date of Award

January 2010

Degree Type


Degree Name



Physics and Astronomy

First Advisor

Claude Pruneau


Measurements of azimuthal correlations at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) have shown an away-side that is suppressed in Au+Au collisions compared to proton+proton/Deuteron+proton collisions. Such suppression is taken as a signature of the predicted QCD dense medium. However, the near-side of the azimuthal correlations shows little modification. The near-side of such correlations is related to the ratio of the dihadron fragmentation function to the single one. As such, dihadron fragmentation functions shall provide a better basis for the interpretation of the near-side correlations. Dihadron fragmentation functions also also provide a baseline of such measurements in heavy ion collisions.

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