Exploitation of Jet Properties for Energy Scale Corrections for the CMS Calorimeters

Henning Kirschenmann
Dec 2010

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Jets form important event signatures in proton-proton collisions at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the precise measurement of their energy is a crucial premise for a manifold of physics studies.
Jets, which are reconstructed exclusively from calorimeter information, have been widely used within the CMS collaboration. However, the response of the calorimeters to incident particles depends heavily on their energy. In addition, it has been observed at previous experiments that the charged particle multiplicity and the radial distribution of constitutents differ for jets induced by light quarks or by gluons. In conjunction with the non-linearity of the CMS calorimeters, this contributes to a mean energy response deviating from unity for calorimeter jets, depending on the jet-flavour.
This thesis describes a jet-energy correction to be applied in addition to the default corrections within the CMS collaboration. This correction aims at decreasing the flavour dependence of the jet-energy response and improving the energy resolution. As many different effects contribute to the observed jet-energy response, a set of observables are introduced and corrections based on these observables are tested with respect to the above aims.
A jet-width variable, which is defined from energy measured in the calorimeter, shows the best performance: A correction based on this observable improves the energy resolution by up to 20% at high transverse momenta in the central detector region and decreases the flavour dependence of the jet-energy response by a factor of two. A parametrisation of the correction is both derived from and validated on simulated data. First results from experimental data, to which the correction has been applied, are presented. The proposed jet-width correction shows a
promising level of performance.