Central collisions of heavy ions
Fung, Sun-yiu.
1992-10-01
This report describes the activities of the Heavy Ion Physics Group at the University of California, Riverside from October 1, 1991 to September 30, 1992. During this period, the program focused on particle production at AGS energies, and correlation studies at the Bevalac in nucleus-nucleus central collisions. As part of the PHENIX collaboration, contributions were made to the Preliminary Conceptual Design Report (pCDR), and work on a RHIC silicon microstrip detector R D project was performed.
Exotics from Heavy Ion Collisions
Ohnishi, Akira; Jido, Daisuke; Cho, Sungtae; Furumoto, Takenori; Yazaki, Koichi; Hyodo, Tetsuo; Ko, Che Ming; Lee, Su Houng; Nielsen, Marina; Sekihara, Takayasu; Yasui, Shigehiro
2011-10-21
Discriminating hadronic molecular and multi-quark states is a long standing problem in hadronic physics. We propose here to utilize relativistic heavy ion collisions to resolve this problem, as exotic hadron yields are expected to be strongly affected by their structures. Using the coalescence model, we find that the exotic hadron yield relative to the statistical model result is typically an order of magnitude smaller for a compact multi-quark state, and larger by a factor of two or more for a loosely bound hadronic molecule. We further find that some of the newly proposed heavy exotic states could be produced and realistically measured at RHIC and LHC.
RELATIVISTIC HEAVY ION COLLISIONS: EXPERIMENT
Friedlander, Erwin M.; Heckman, Harry H.
1982-04-01
Relativistic heavy ion physics began as a 'no man's land' between particle and nuclear physics, with both sides frowning upon it as 'unclean', because on one hand, hadronic interactions and particle production cloud nuclear structure effects, while on the other, the baryonic environment complicates the interpretation of production experiments. They have attempted to review here the experimental evidence on RHI collisions from the point of view that it represents a new endeavor in the understanding of strong interaction physics. Such an approach appears increasingly justified; first, by the accumulation of data and observations of new features of hadronic interactions that could not have been detected outside a baryonic environment; second, by the maturation of the field owing to the advances made over the past several years in experimental inquiries on particle production by RHI, including pions, kaons, hyperons, and searches for antiprotons; and third, by the steady and progressive increase in the energy and mass ranges of light nuclear beams that have become available to the experiment; indeed the energy range has widened from the {approx} 0.2 to 2 AGeV at the Bevalac to {approx}4 AGeV at Dubna and recently, to the quantum jump in energies to {approx} 1000 equivalent AGeV at the CERN PS-ISR. Accompanying these expansions in the energy frontier are the immediate prospects for very heavy ion beams at the Bevalac up to, and including, 1 AGeV {sup 238}U, thereby extending the 'mass frontier' to its ultimate extent.
Jets in relativistic heavy ion collisions
Wang, Xin-Nian; Gyulassy, M.
1990-09-01
Several aspects of hard and semihard QCD jets in relativistic heavy ion collisions are discussed, including multiproduction of minijets and the interaction of a jet with dense nuclear matter. The reduction of jet quenching effect in deconfined phase of nuclear matter is speculated to provide a signature of the formation of quark gluon plasma. HIJING Monte Carlo program which can simulate events of jets production and quenching in heavy ion collisions is briefly described. 35 refs., 13 figs.
Initial conditions in heavy ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Venugopalan, Raju
2001-10-01
At very high energies, partons in nuclei form a color glass condensate (CGC). In a nuclear collision, the color glass shatters, producing a high multiplicity of gluons. We discuss the results of numerical simulations which describe the real time evolution of the CGC in a heavy ion collision.
Electromagnetic processes in relativistic heavy ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bertulani, C. A.; Baur, G.
1986-10-01
Electromagnetic effects in relativistic heavy ion collisions with impact parameter larger than the sum of the nuclear radii are studied using the virtual photon method. With increasing value of the relativistic parameter γ the hardness of the virtual photon spectrum increases. This leads to interesting new effects which will also have to be considered in the design of future relativistic heavy ion machines and experiments. The excitation of high-lying giant E1 and E2 multipole resonances is calculated as well as electromagnetic pion production. Coulomb bremsstrahlung is calculated and compared to the bremsstrahlung emitted in the more violent central nuclear collisions. K-shell ionization and electron-positron pair production is studied. The latter process has a very large cross section for heavy ions and contributes significantly to the stopping power of relativistic heavy ions in a dense medium.
Relativistic Hydrodynamics for Heavy-Ion Collisions
ERIC Educational Resources Information Center
Ollitrault, Jean-Yves
2008-01-01
Relativistic hydrodynamics is essential to our current understanding of nucleus-nucleus collisions at ultrarelativistic energies (current experiments at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, forthcoming experiments at the CERN Large Hadron Collider). This is an introduction to relativistic hydrodynamics for graduate students. It includes a detailed…
Vorticity in heavy-ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Deng, Wei-Tian; Huang, Xu-Guang
2016-06-01
We study the event-by-event generation of flow vorticity in the BNL Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider Au +Au collisions and CERN Large Hadron Collider Pb +Pb collisions by using the hijing model. Different definitions of the vorticity field and velocity field are considered. A variety of properties of the vorticity are explored, including the impact parameter dependence, the collision energy dependence, the spatial distribution, the event-by-event fluctuation of the magnitude and azimuthal direction, and the time evolution. In addition, the spatial distribution of the flow helicity is also studied.
Classical chromodynamics and heavy ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lappi, T.
2005-05-01
This paper is a slightly modified version of the introductory part of a doctoral dissertation also containing the articles hep-ph/0303076, hep-ph/0409328 and hep-ph/0409058. The paper focuses on the calculation of particle production in a relativistic heavy ion collision using the McLerran-Venugopalan model. The main part of the paper summarizes the background of these numerical calculations. First we relate this calculation of the initial stage af a heavy ion collision to our understanding of the whole collision process. Then we discuss the saturation physics of the small x wavefunction of a hadron or a nucleus. The classical field model of Kovner, McLerran and Weigert is then introduced before moving to discuss the numerical algorithms used to compute gluon and quark pair production in this model. Finally we shortly review the results on gluon and quark-antiquark production obtained in the three articles mentioned above.
Dissipative heavy-ion collisions
Feldmeier, H.T.
1985-01-01
This report is a compilation of lecture notes of a series of lectures held at Argonne National Laboratory in October and November 1984. The lectures are a discussion of dissipative phenomena as observed in collisions of atomic nuclei. The model is based on a system which has initially zero temperature and the initial energy is kinetic and binding energy. Collisions excite the nuclei, and outgoing fragments or the compound system deexcite before they are detected. Brownian motion is used to introduce the concept of dissipation. The master equation and the Fokker-Planck equation are derived. 73 refs., 59 figs. (WRF)
Nonrelativistic theory of heavy-ion collisions
Bertsch, G.
1984-07-17
A wide range of phenomena is observed in heavy-ion collisions, calling for a comprehensive theory based on fundamental principles of many-particle quantum mechanics. At low energies, the nuclear dynamics is controlled by the mean field, as we know from spectroscopic nuclear physics. We therefore expect the comprehensive theory of collisions to contain mean-field theory at low energies. The mean-field theory is the subject of the first lectures in this chapter. This theory can be studied quantum mechanically, in which form it is called TDHF (time-dependent Hartree-Fock), or classically, where the equation is called the Vlasov equation. 25 references, 14 figures.
Femtoscopy in Relativistic Heavy Ion Collisions
Lisa, M; Pratt, S; Soltz, R A; Wiedemann, U
2005-07-29
Analyses of two-particle correlations have provided the chief means for determining spatio-temporal characteristics of relativistic heavy ion collisions. We discuss the theoretical formalism behind these studies and the experimental methods used in carrying them out. Recent results from RHIC are put into context in a systematic review of correlation measurements performed over the past two decades. The current understanding of these results are discussed in terms of model comparisons and overall trends.
Heavy Flavor Dynamics in Relativistic Heavy-ion Collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Cao, Shanshan
Heavy flavor hadrons serve as valuable probes of the transport properties of the quark-gluon plasma (QGP) created in relativistic heavy-ion collisions. In this dissertation, we introduce a comprehensive framework that describes the full-time evolution of heavy flavor in heavy-ion collisions, including its initial production, in-medium evolution inside the QGP matter, hadronization process from heavy quarks to their respective mesonic bound states and the subsequent interactions between heavy mesons and the hadron gas. The in-medium energy loss of heavy quarks is studied within the framework of a Langevin equation coupled to hydrodynamic models that simulate the space-time evolution of the hot and dense QGP matter. We improve the classical Langevin approach such that, apart from quasi-elastic scatterings between heavy quarks and the medium background, radiative energy loss is incorporated as well by treating gluon radiation as a recoil force term. The subsequent hadronization of emitted heavy quarks is simulated via a hybrid fragmentation plus recombination model. The propagation of produced heavy mesons in the hadronic phase is described using the ultra-relativistic quantum molecular dynamics (UrQMD) model. Our calculation shows that while collisional energy loss dominates the heavy quark motion inside the QGP in the low transverse momentum (p T) regime, contributions from gluon radiation are found to be significant at high pT. The recombination mechanism is important for the heavy flavor meson production at intermediate energies. The hadronic final state interactions further enhance the suppression and the collective flow of heavy mesons we observe. Within our newly developed framework, we present numerical results for the nuclear modification and the elliptic flow of D mesons, which are consistent with measurements at both the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the BNL Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collider (RHIC); predictions for B mesons are also provided. In
Rapidity dependence in holographic heavy ion collisions
Wilke van der Schee; Schenke, Bjorn
2015-12-11
We present an attempt to closely mimic the initial stage of heavy ion collisions within holography, assuming a decoupling of longitudinal and transverse dynamics in the very early stage. We subsequently evolve the obtained initial state using state-of-the-art hydrodynamic simulations and compare results with experimental data. We present results for charged hadron pseudorapidity spectra and directed and elliptic flow as functions of pseudorapidity for √sNN = 200GeV Au-Au and 2.76TeV Pb-Pb collisions. As a result, the directed flow interestingly turns out to be quite sensitive to the viscosity. The results can explain qualitative features of the collisions, but the rapiditymore » spectra in our current model is narrower than the experimental data.« less
Rapidity dependence in holographic heavy ion collisions
Wilke van der Schee; Schenke, Bjorn
2015-12-11
We present an attempt to closely mimic the initial stage of heavy ion collisions within holography, assuming a decoupling of longitudinal and transverse dynamics in the very early stage. We subsequently evolve the obtained initial state using state-of-the-art hydrodynamic simulations and compare results with experimental data. We present results for charged hadron pseudorapidity spectra and directed and elliptic flow as functions of pseudorapidity for √s_{NN} = 200GeV Au-Au and 2.76TeV Pb-Pb collisions. As a result, the directed flow interestingly turns out to be quite sensitive to the viscosity. The results can explain qualitative features of the collisions, but the rapidity spectra in our current model is narrower than the experimental data.
Viscous photons in relativistic heavy ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Dion, Maxime; Paquet, Jean-François; Schenke, Björn; Young, Clint; Jeon, Sangyong; Gale, Charles
2011-12-01
Theoretical studies of the production of real thermal photons in relativistic heavy ion collisions at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) are performed. The space-time evolution of the colliding system is modelled using music, a 3+1D relativistic hydrodynamic simulation, using both its ideal and viscous versions. The inclusive spectrum and its azimuthal angular anisotropy are studied separately, and the relative contributions of the different photon sources are highlighted. It is shown that the photon v2 coefficient is especially sensitive to the details of the microscopic dynamics like the equation of state, the ratio of shear viscosity over entropy density, η/s, and to the morphology of the initial state.
Positron production in heavy-ion collisions
Dunford, R.W.
1995-08-01
The ATLAS Positron Experiment APEX was built to study positron emission in collisions between very heavy ions. Narrow peaks were observed in such collisions at GSI, Darmstadt in the spectra of positrons and in the sum-energy spectra of electron-positron coincidences. APEX is a second-generation experiment which was specifically designed to look for the coincidence events and measure the opening angle between electrons and positrons. The first beam-induced positrons were detected using APEX in March 1993, and since then three additional runs were carried out. The first results for the collision system {sup 238}U + {sup 181}Ta show no evidence for sharp peaks in the electron-positron sum-energy spectrum. The current emphasis in this work is to obtain a complete understanding of the APEX apparatus. The atomic group is studying events involving coincidences between heavy ions and electrons. Since APEX measures the laboratory angles and energies of both electrons and heavy ions, it is possible to make an event-by-event Doppler correction of the electron spectra. These Doppler-corrected spectra show a number of lines which are attributed to conversion electrons which are emitted when a nuclear excited state decays by ejecting an inner-shell electron. The study of these spectra provide an important confirmation of the proper functioning of APEX. We are particularly concerned with the atomic physics aspects of this process. In order to understand the electron spectra, it is necessary to account for the change in binding energy of the inner-shell electrons as a function of ionic charge. We are utilizing the GRASP relativistic atomic structure program to calculate the binding energies. This information, together with the measured gamma-ray energies, allows us to calculate the expected energies of the conversion electrons which we can then compare with the observed Doppler-corrected conversion electron energies.
Non abelian hydrodynamics and heavy ion collisions
Calzetta, E.
2014-01-14
The goal of the relativistic heavy ion collisions (RHIC) program is to create a state of matter where color degrees of freedom are deconfined. The dynamics of matter in this state, in spite of the complexities of quantum chromodynamics, is largely determined by the conservation laws of energy momentum and color currents. Therefore it is possible to describe its main features in hydrodynamic terms, the very short color neutralization time notwithstanding. In this lecture we shall give a simple derivation of the hydrodynamics of a color charged fluid, by generalizing the usual derivation of hydrodynamics from kinetic theory to the non abelian case.
Identifying Multiquark Hadrons from Heavy Ion Collisions
Cho, Sungtae; Furumoto, Takenori; Yazaki, Koichi; Hyodo, Tetsuo; Jido, Daisuke; Ohnishi, Akira; Ko, Che Ming; Lee, Su Houng; Nielsen, Marina; Sekihara, Takayasu; Yasui, Shigehiro
2011-05-27
Identifying hadronic molecular states and/or hadrons with multiquark components either with or without exotic quantum numbers is a long-standing challenge in hadronic physics. We suggest that studying the production of these hadrons in relativistic heavy ion collisions offers a promising resolution to this problem as yields of exotic hadrons are expected to be strongly affected by their structures. Using the coalescence model for hadron production, we find that, compared to the case of a nonexotic hadron with normal quark numbers, the yield of an exotic hadron is typically an order of magnitude smaller when it is a compact multiquark state and a factor of 2 or more larger when it is a loosely bound hadronic molecule. We further find that some of the newly proposed heavy exotic states could be produced and realistically measured in these experiments.
Constraining relativistic models through heavy ion collisions
Menezes, D. P.; Providencia, C.; Chiapparini, M.; Bracco, M. E.; Delfino, A.; Malheiro, M.
2007-12-15
Relativistic models can be successfully applied to the description of compact star properties in nuclear astrophysics as well as to nuclear matter and finite nuclei properties, these studies taking place at low and moderate temperatures. Nevertheless, all results are model dependent, and so far it is unclear whether some of them should be discarded. Moreover, in the regime of hot hadronic matter, very few calculations exist using these relativistic models, in particular when applied to particle yields in heavy ion collisions. A very important investigation is the simulation of a supernova explosion that is based on the construction of an adequate equation of state that needs to be valid within very large ranges of temperatures (0 to 100 MeV at least) and densities (very low to ten times the nuclear saturation density at least). In the present work, we comment on the known constraints that can help the selection of adequate models in this wide regime and investigate the main differences that arise when the particle production during a Au+Au collision at the BNL Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider is calculated with different relativistic models. We conclude that most of the models investigated in the present work give a very good overall description of the data and make predictions for not yet measured particle ratios.
Theoretical Concepts for Ultra-Relativistic Heavy Ion Collisions
McLerran,L.
2009-07-27
Various forms of matter may be produced in ultra-relativistic heavy ion collisions. These are the Quark GluonPlasma, the Color Glass Condensate , the Glasma and Quarkyoninc Matter. A novel effect that may beassociated with topological charge fluctuations is the Chiral Magnetic Effect. I explain these concepts andexplain how they may be seen in ultra-relatvistic heavy ion collisions
Bose condensation of nuclei in heavy ion collisions
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Tripathi, Ram K.; Townsend, Lawrence W.
1994-01-01
Using a fully self-consistent quantum statistical model, we demonstrate the possibility of Bose condensation of nuclei in heavy ion collisions. The most favorable conditions of high densities and low temperatures are usually associated with astrophysical processes and may be difficult to achieve in heavy ion collisions. Nonetheless, some suggestions for the possible experimental verification of the existence of this phenomenon are made.
Jet Structure in Heavy Ion Collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Blaizot, J.-P.; Mehtar-Tani, Y.
We review recent theoretical developments in the study of the structure of jets that are produced in ultra relativistic heavy ion collisions. The core of the review focusses on the dynamics of the parton cascade that is induced by the interactions of a fast parton crossing a quark-gluon plasma. We recall the basic mechanisms responsible for medium induced radiation, underline the rapid disappearance of coherence effects, and the ensuing probabilistic nature of the medium induced cascade. We discuss how large radiative corrections modify the classical picture of the gluon cascade, and how these can be absorbed in a renormalization of the jet quenching parameter hat q. Then, we analyze the (wave)-turbulent transport of energy along the medium induced cascade, and point out the main characteristics of the angular structure of such a cascade. Finally, color decoherence of the incone jet structure is discussed. Modest contact with phenomenology is presented towards the end of the review.
Observables in relativistic heavy-ion collisions
Nix, J.R.; Schlei, B.R.; Strottman, D.D.; Sullivan, J.P.; Hecke, H.W. van
1998-12-31
This is the final report of a one-year, Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The authors used several complimentary models of high-energy nuclear collisions to systematically study the large body of available data from high energy (p{sub beam}/A > 10 GeV/c) heavy ion experiments at BNL and CERN and to prepare for the data that will come from RHIC. One major goal of this project was to better understand the space-time history of the excited hadronic matter formed in these collisions and to use this understanding to improve models of this process. The space-time structure of the system can be extracted from measurements of single-particle p{sub T} distributions and multiparticle correlations. They looked for experimental effects of the formation of the quark-gluon plasma. Understanding the hadronic phase of the interaction determines the sensitivity of experimental measurements to the presence of this exotic state of matter.
Geometrical methods in heavy ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Taliotis, Anastasios
Currently there exists no known way to construct the Stress-Energy tensor (Tmunu) of the medium produced in heavy ion collisions at strong coupling from purely theoretical grounds. In this work, some steps are taken in that direction. In particular, the evolution of Tmunu at strong coupling and at high energies is being studied for early proper times (tau). This is achieved in the context of the AdS/CFT duality by constructing the evolution of the dual geometry in an AdS5 background. We consider high energy collisions of two shock waves in AdS5 as a model of ultra-relativistic nucleus-nucleus collisions in the boundary theory. We first calculate the graviton field produced in the collisions in the LO, NLO and NNLO approximations, corresponding to two, three and four-graviton exchanges with the shock waves. We use this model to study Tmunu and in particular the energy density of the strongly-coupled matter created immediately after the collision because as we argue, the expansion of the energy density (epsilon) in the powers of proper time tau squared corresponds on the gravity side to a perturbative expansion of the metric in graviton exchanges. We point out that shock waves corresponding to physical energy-momentum tensors of the nuclei is likely to completely stop after the collision; on the field theory side, this corresponds to complete nuclear stopping due to strong coupling effects, likely leading to Landau hydrodynamics. This motivates a more detailed investigation. For this reason we consider the asymmetric limit where the energy density in one shock wave is much higher than in the other one. In the boundary theory this setup corresponds to proton-nucleus collisions. Employing the eikonal approximation we find the exact high energy analytic solution for the metric in AdS5 for the asymmetric collision of two delta-function shock waves. The solution resums all-order graviton exchanges with the nucleus-shock wave and a single-graviton exchange with the proton
Skyrme tensor force in heavy ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Stevenson, P. D.; Suckling, E. B.; Fracasso, S.; Barton, M. C.; Umar, A. S.
2016-05-01
Background: It is generally acknowledged that the time-dependent Hartree-Fock (TDHF) method provides a useful foundation for a fully microscopic many-body theory of low-energy heavy ion reactions. The TDHF method is also known in nuclear physics in the small-amplitude domain, where it provides a useful description of collective states, and is based on the mean-field formalism, which has been a relatively successful approximation to the nuclear many-body problem. Currently, the TDHF theory is being widely used in the study of fusion excitation functions, fission, and deep-inelastic scattering of heavy mass systems, while providing a natural foundation for many other studies. Purpose: With the advancement of computational power it is now possible to undertake TDHF calculations without any symmetry assumptions and incorporate the major strides made by the nuclear structure community in improving the energy density functionals used in these calculations. In particular, time-odd and tensor terms in these functionals are naturally present during the dynamical evolution, while being absent or minimally important for most static calculations. The parameters of these terms are determined by the requirement of Galilean invariance or local gauge invariance but their significance for the reaction dynamics have not been fully studied. This work addresses this question with emphasis on the tensor force. Method: The full version of the Skyrme force, including terms arising only from the Skyrme tensor force, is applied to the study of collisions within a completely symmetry-unrestricted TDHF implementation. Results: We examine the effect on upper fusion thresholds with and without the tensor force terms and find an effect on the fusion threshold energy of the order several MeV. Details of the distribution of the energy within terms in the energy density functional are also discussed. Conclusions: Terms in the energy density functional linked to the tensor force can play a non
Bose condensation of nuclei in heavy ion collisions.
Tripathi, R K; Townsend, L W
1994-07-01
Using a fully self-consistent quantum statistical model, we demonstrate the possibility of Bose condensation of nuclei in heavy ion collisions. The most favorable conditions of high densities and low temperatures are usually associated with astrophysical processes and may be difficult to achieve in heavy ion collisions. Nonetheless, some suggestions for the possible experimental verification of the existence of this phenomenon are made. PMID:9969695
Heavy flavor in relativistic heavy-ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bratkovskaya, E. L.; Song, T.; Berrehrah, H.; Cabrera, D.; Torres-Rincon, J. M.; Tolos, L.; Cassing, W.
2016-01-01
We study charm production in ultra-relativistic heavy-ion collisions by using the Parton-Hadron-String Dynamics (PHSD) transport approach. The initial charm quarks are produced by the PYTHIA event generator tuned to fit the transverse momentum spectrum and rapidity distribution of charm quarks from Fixed-Order Next-to-Leading Logarithm (FONLL) calculations. The produced charm quarks scatter in the quark-gluon plasma (QGP) with the off-shell partons whose masses and widths are given by the Dynamical Quasi-Particle Model (DQPM), which reproduces the lattice QCD equation-of-state in thermal equilibrium. The relevant cross sections are calculated in a consistent way by employing the effective propagators and couplings from the DQPM. Close to the critical energy density of the phase transition, the charm quarks are hadronized into D mesons through coalescence and/or fragmentation. The hadronized D mesons then interact with the various hadrons in the hadronic phase with cross sections calculated in an effective lagrangian approach with heavy-quark spin symmetry. The nuclear modification factor Raa and the elliptic flow v2 of D0 mesons from PHSD are compared with the experimental data from the STAR Collaboration for Au+Au collisions at √sNN =200 GeV and to the ALICE data, for Pb+Pb collisions at √sNN =2.76 TeV. We find that in the PHSD the energy loss of D mesons at high pT can be dominantly attributed to partonic scattering while the actual shape of RAA versus pT reflects the heavy-quark hadronization scenario, i.e. coalescence versus fragmentation. Also the hadronic rescattering is important for the Raa at low pT and enhances the D-meson elliptic flow v2.
Factorization, the Glasma and the Ridge in heavy ion collisions
Venugopalan, Raju
2008-10-13
High energy heavy ion collisions can be efficiently described as the collision of two sheets of Color Glass Condensate. The dynamics of the collision can be studied ab initio in a systematic effective field theory approach. This requires factorization theorems that separate the initial state evolution of the wave functions with energy from the final state interactions that produce matter with high energy densities called the Glasma. We discuss how this matter is formed, its remarkable properties and its relevance for understanding thermalization of the Quark Gluon Plasma in heavy ion collisions. Long range rapidity correlations in the collision that have a remarkable ridge like structure may allow us to probe early times in the collision and infer directly the properties of the Glasma.
Universal behavior of charged particle production in heavy ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Phobos Collaboration; Steinberg, Peter A.; Back, B. B.; Baker, M. D.; Barton, D. S.; Betts, R. R.; Ballintijn, M.; Bickley, A. A.; Bindel, R.; Budzanowski, A.; Busza, W.; Carroll, A.; Decowski, M. P.; Garcia, E.; George, N.; Gulbrandsen, K.; Gushue, S.; Halliwell, C.; Hamblen, J.; Heintzelman, G. A.; Henderson, C.; Hofman, D. J.; Hollis, R. S.; Hołński, R.; Holzman, B.; Iordanova, A.; Johnson, E.; Kane, J. L.; Katzy, J.; Khan, N.; Kucewicz, W.; Kulinich, P.; Kuo, C. M.; Lin, W. T.; Manly, S.; McLeod, D.; Michałowski, J.; Mignerey, A. C.; Nouicer, R.; Olszewski, A.; Pak, R.; Park, I. C.; Pernegger, H.; Reed, C.; Remsberg, L. P.; Reuter, M.; Roland, C.; Roland, G.; Rosenberg, L.; Sagerer, J.; Sarin, P.; Sawicki, P.; Skulski, W.; Steadman, S. G.; Steinberg, P.; Stephans, G. S. F.; Stodulski, M.; Sukhanov, A.; Tang, J.-L.; Teng, R.; Trzupek, A.; Vale, C.; van Nieuwenhuizen, G. J.; Verdier, R.; Wadsworth, B.; Wolfs, F. L. H.; Wosiek, B.; Woźniak, K.; Wuosmaa, A. H.; Wysłouch, B.
2003-03-01
The PHOBOS experiment at RHIC has measured the multiplicity of primary charged particles as a function of centrality and pseudorapidity in Au+Au collisions at sqrt(s_NN) = 19.6, 130 and 200 GeV. Two kinds of universal behavior are observed in charged particle production in heavy ion collisions. The first is that forward particle production, over a range of energies, follows a universal limiting curve with a non-trivial centrality dependence. The second arises from comparisons with pp/pbar-p and e+e- data. N_tot/(N_part/2) in nuclear collisions at high energy scales with sqrt(s) in a similar way as N_tot in e+e- collisions and has a very weak centrality dependence. This feature may be related to a reduction in the leading particle effect due to the multiple collisions suffered per participant in heavy ion collisions.
UNIVERSAL BEHAVIOR OF CHARGED PARTICLE PRODUCTION IN HEAVY ION COLLISIONS.
STEINBERG,P.A.FOR THE PHOBOS COLLABORATION
2002-07-24
The PHOBOS experiment at RHIC has measured the multiplicity of primary charged particles as a function of centrality and pseudorapidity in Au+Au collisions at {radical}(s{sub NN}) = 19.6, 130 and 200 GeV. Two observations indicate universal behavior of charged particle production in heavy ion collisions. The first is that forward particle production, over a range of energies, follows a universal limiting curve with a non-trivial centrality dependence. The second arises from comparisons with pp/{bar p}p and e{sup +}e{sup -} data.
Reaction parameters for heavy-ion collisions
Wilcke, W.W.; Birkelund, J.R.; Wollersheim, H.J.; Hoover, A.D.; Huizenga, J.R.; Schroeder, W.U.; Tubbs, L.E.
1980-09-01
These tables present reaction parameters for all combinations of 27 projectile and 16 target nuclei in a laboratory bombarding energy range of 1--50 MeV/u. The reaction parameters are derived from the Fresnel model of heavy-ion scattering, the droplet model, and the rotating liquid-drop model, or from systematics of experimental data.
Dynamical Aspects of Heavy-Ion Collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Garcia-Solis, Edmundo Javier
1995-01-01
Two independent studies on heavy-ion collisions are presented. In the first part, the charge and mass of the projectile-like fragments produced in the 15-MeV per nucleon ^{40}Ca+^{209 } Bi reaction were determined for products detected near the grazing angle. Neutron number-charge (N-Z) distributions were generated as a function of the total kinetic energy loss and parameterized by their centroids, variances and correlation coefficients. After the interaction, a drift of the charge and mass centroids towards asymmetry is observed. The production of projectile -like fragments is consistent with a tendency of the projectile -like fragments to retain the projectile neutron-to-proton ratio < N > / < Z > = 1. The correlation coefficient remains well below 1.0 for the entire range of total kinetic energy lost. Predictions of two nucleon exchange models, Randrup's and Tassan-Got's, are compared to the experimental results. The models are not able to reproduce the evolution of the experimental distributions, especially the fact that the variances reach a maximum and then decrease as function of the energy loss. This behavior supports the hypothesis that some form of projectile -like fragmentation or cluster emission is perturbing the product distribution from that expected from a damped mechanism. In the second part of the thesis a clustering model that allows the recognition of mass fragments from dynamical simulations has been developed. Studying the evolution of a microscopic computation based on the nuclear -Boltzman transport equation, a suitable time is chosen to identify the bound clusters. At this time the number of binding surfaces for each test nucleon is found. Based on the number of nucleon bindings the interior nucleons are identified, and the cluster kernels are formed. An iterative routine is then applied to determine the coalescence of the surrounding free nucleons. Once the fragment formation has been established, a statistical decay code is used to
How to Deal with Relativistic Heavy Ion Collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Hagedorn, Rolf
A qualitative review is given of the theoretical problems and possibilities arising when one tries to understand what happens in relativistic heavy ion collisions. The striking similarity between these and pp collisions suggests the use of techniques similar to those used 5-12 years ago in pp collisions to disentangle collective motions from thermodynamics. A very heuristic and qualitative sketch of statistical bootstrap thermodynamics concludes an idealized picture in which a relativistic heavy ion collision appears as a superposition of moving `fireballs' with equilibrium thermodynamics in the rest frames of these fireballs. The interesting problems arise where this theoretician's picture deviates from reality: non-equilibrium, more complicated motion (shock waves, turbulence, spin) and the collision history. Only if these problems have been solved or shown to be irrelevant can we safely identify signatures of unusual states of hadronic matter as, for example, a quark-gluon plasma or density isomers.
Thermal, chemical and spectral equilibration in heavy-ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Almási, Gábor András; Wolf, György
2015-11-01
We have considered the equilibration in relativistic heavy ion collisions at energies 1-7 A GeV using our transport model. We applied periodic boundary conditions to close the system in a box. We found that the thermal equilibration takes place in the first 20-40 fm/c whose time is comparable to the duration of a heavy ion collision. The chemical equilibration is a much slower process and the system does not equilibrate in a heavy ion collision. We have shown that in the testparticle simulation of the Boltzmann equation the mass spectra of broad resonances follow instantaneously their in-medium spectral functions as expected from the Markovian approximation to the Kadanoff-Baym equations employed via the (local) gradient expansion.
Jets and Vector Bosons in Heavy Ion Collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
de la Cruz, Begoña
2013-11-01
This paper reviews experimental results on jets and electroweak boson (photon,Wand Z) production in heavy-ion collisions, from the CMS and ATLAS detectors, using data collected during 2011 PbPb run and pp data collected at an equivalent energy. By comparing the two collision systems, the energy loss of the partons propagating through the medium produced in PbPb collisions can be studied. Its characterization is done using dijet events and isolated photon-jet pairs. Since the electroweak gauge bosons do not participate in the strong interaction, and are thus unmodified by the nuclear medium, they serve as clean probes of the initial state in the collision.
Complexified boost invariance and holographic heavy ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Gubser, Steven S.; van der Schee, Wilke
2015-01-01
At strong coupling holographic studies have shown that heavy ion collisions do not obey normal boost invariance. Here we study a modified boost invariance through a complex shift in time, and show that this leads to surprisingly good agreement with numerical holographic computations. When including perturbations the agreement becomes even better, both in the hydrodynamic and the far-from-equilibrium regime. One of the main advantages is an analytic formulation of the stress-energy tensor of the longitudinal dynamics of holographic heavy ion collisions.
Pseudorapidity correlations in heavy ion collisions from viscous fluid dynamics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Monnai, Akihiko; Schenke, Björn
2016-01-01
We demonstrate by explicit calculations in 3+1 dimensional viscous relativistic fluid dynamics how two-particle pseudorapidity correlation functions in heavy ion collisions at the LHC and RHIC depend on the number of particle producing sources and the transport properties of the produced medium. In particular, we present results for the Legendre coefficients of the two-particle pseudorapidity correlation function, an,m, in Pb+Pb collisions at 2760 GeV and Au+Au collisions at 200 GeV from viscous hydrodynamics with three dimensionally fluctuating initial conditions. Our results suggest that the an,m provide important constraints on initial state fluctuations in heavy ion collisions.
Production of charge in heavy ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Pratt, Scott; McCormack, William Patrick; Ratti, Claudia
2015-12-01
By analyzing preliminary experimental measurements of charge-balance functions from the STAR Collaboration at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), it is found that scenarios in which balancing charges are produced in a single surge, and therefore separated by a single length scale, are inconsistent with data. In contrast, a model that assumes two surges, one associated with the formation of a thermalized quark-gluon plasma and a second associated with hadronization, provides a far superior reproduction of the data. A statistical analysis of the model comparison finds that the two-surge model best reproduces the data if the charge production from the first surge is similar to expectations for equilibrated matter taken from lattice gauge theory. The charges created in the first surge appear to separate by approximately one unit of spatial rapidity before emission, while charges from the second wave appear to have separated by approximately a half unit or less.
Photon and dilepton production in high energy heavy ion collisions
Sakaguchi, Takao
2015-05-07
The recent results on direct photons and dileptons in high energy heavy ion collisions, obtained particularly at RHIC and LHC are reviewed. The results are new not only in terms of the probes, but also in terms of the precision. We shall discuss the physics learned from the results.
Quasimolecular single-nucleon effects in heavy-ion collisions
Erb, K.A.
1984-01-01
Several experimental examples are discussed to illustrate that single-particle molecular orbital behavior has become an established reality in nuclear physics over the last several years. Measurements and analyses of inelastic scattering in the /sup 13/C + /sup 12/C and /sup 17/O + /sup 12/C systems, and of neutron transfer in the /sup 13/C(/sup 13/C, /sup 12/C)/sup 14/C reaction, show that the motion of valence nucleons can be strongly and simultaneously influenced by both collision partners in heavy-ion collisions. This bvehavior is characteristic of a molecular (single-particle) rather than a direct (DWBA) mechanism: it demonstrates that the single-particle analog of atomic molecular motion plays an important role in nuclear reactions at bombarding energies near the Coulomb barrier. Such behavior may be even more pronounced in the collisions of massive nuclei that will be studied with the new generation of heavy-ion accelerators. 19 references.
Heavy Flavor Physics in Heavy-Ion Collisions with STAR Heavy Flavor Tracker
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zhang, Yifei
2010-02-01
Heavy quarks are a unique tool to probe the strongly interacting matter created in relativistic heavy-ion collisions at RHIC energies. Due to their large mass, energetic heavy quarks are predicted to lose less energy than light quarks by gluon radiation when they traverse a Quark-Gluon Plasma. In contrast, recent measurements of non-photonic electrons from heavy quark decays at high transverse momentum (pT) show a jet quenching level similar to that of the light hadrons. Heavy quark are produced mainly at early stage in heavy-ion collisions, thus they are proposed to probe the QCD medium and to be sensitive to bulk medium properties. Ultimately, their flow behavior may help establish whether light quarks thermalize. Therefore, topological reconstruction of D-mesons and identification of electrons from charm and bottom decays are crucial to understand the heavy flavor production and their in medium properties. The Heavy Flavor Tracker (HFT) is a micro-vertex detector utilizing active pixel sensors and silicon strip technology. The HFT will significantly extend the physics reach of the STAR experiment for precise measurement of charmed and bottom hadrons. We present a performance study with full detector on the open charm nuclear modification factor, elliptic flow v2 and λc measurement as well as the measurement of bottom mesons via a semi-leptonic decay. )
Polarization effects in heavy ion collisions
Barros, C. C. Jr.
2010-11-12
Recent experiments at RHIC have shown that in 200 GeV Au-Au collisions, the {Lambda} and {Lambda}-bar hyperons are produced with very small polarizations, almost consistent with zero. These results can be understood in terms of a model that we recently proposed. In this work, we show how this model may be applied in such collisions, and also will discuss the relation of our results with other models, in order to explain the experimental data.
Meson interferometry in relativistic heavy ion collisions
Not Available
1993-05-01
This report contains discussions on the following topics: Recent HBT results form CERN experiment NA44; interferometry results from E802/E859/E866; recent results on two particle correlations from E814; source sizes from CERN data; intermittency and interferometry; Bose-Einstein correlations in 200A GeV S+Au collisions; HBT correlations at STAR; HBT interferometry with PHENIX; HBT calculations from ARC; three pion correlations; and pion correlations in proton-induced reactions.
Bremsstrahlung dileptons in ultrarelativistic heavy ion collisions
Jalilian-Marian, J.; Koch, V.
1998-12-01
We consider production of dilepton pairs through coherent electromagnetic radiation during nuclear collisions. We show that the number of pairs produced through bremsstrahlung is about two orders of magnitude smaller than the yield measured by the CERES Collaboration. Therefore, coherent bremsstrahlung can be ruled out as an explanation for the observed enhancement of low mass dileptons in CERES and HELIOS data. {copyright} {ital 1998} {ital The American Physical Society}
Dynamical fission following peripheral heavy-ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Strazzeri, A.; Italiano, A.
2016-02-01
A closed-form theoretical approach describing in a single picture both the evaporation component and the fast nonequilibrium component of the sequential fission of projectile-like fragments in a peripheral heavy-ion collision is derived and then applied to the dynamical fission observed in the 124Sn+64Ni semiperipheral collision at 35AMeV. Information on the reaction mechanism is obtained such as the opposite polarization effects and the estimate of the “formation-to-fast fission lifetimes” of the fissioning fragment.
Chiral phase transition in peripheral heavy-ion collisions
Ayala, Alejandro; Bashir, Adnan; Raya, Alfredo; Sanchez, Angel
2009-04-20
It has been recently realized that in peripheral heavy-ion collisions at high energies, a sizable magnetic field is produced in the interaction region. Although this field becomes weak at the proper times when the chiral phase transition is believed to occur, it is still significant so as to ask whether it influences such transition. We use the linear sigma model to study the chiral phase transition in the presence of weak magnetic fields.
THE GEOMETRICAL ASPECT OF HIGH-ENERGY HEAVY ION COLLISIONS
Nagamiya, S.; Morrissey, D.J.
1980-02-01
The total yields of nuclear charge or mass from projectile and target fragments and the fragments from the overlapping region between projectile and target were evaluated based on existing data. These values are compared with simple formulas expected from the participant-spectator model. Agreement is reasonably good, suggesting that the major part of the integrated yields for all reaction products from high-energy heavy-ion collisions are geometrical.
Dynamical description of heavy-ion collisions at Fermi energies
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Napolitani, P.; Colonna, M.
2016-05-01
Descriptions of heavy-ion collisions at Fermi energies require to take into account in-medium dissipation and phase-space fluctuations. The interplay of these correlations with the one-body collective behaviour determines the properties (kinematics and fragment production) and the variety of mechanisms (from fusion to neck formation and multifragmentation) of the exit channel. Starting from fundamental concepts tested on nuclear matter, we build up a microscopic description which addresses finite systems and applies to experimental observables.
Aspects of heavy-ion collisions at the LHC
Wolschin, G.
2014-01-14
Three aspects of relativistic heavy-ion collisions are considered in this article: (1) Stopping and baryon transport in a QCD-based approach, (2) charged-hadron production in a nonequilibrium-statistical relativistic diffusion model (RDM), and (3) quarkonia suppression and in particular, Υ suppression in PbPb at the current LHC energy of √(s{sub NN}) = 2.76TeV.
Quarkonium formation time in relativistic heavy-ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Song, Taesoo; Ko, Che Ming; Lee, Su Houng
2015-04-01
We calculate the quarkonium formation time in relativistic heavy-ion collisions from the space-time correlator of heavy quark vector currents in a hydrodynamic background with the initial nonequilibrium stage expanding only in the longitudinal direction. Using in-medium quarkonia properties determined with the heavy quark potential taken to be the free energy from lattice calculations and the fact that quarkonia can only be formed below their dissociation temperatures due to color screening, we find that Υ (1S), Υ (2S), Υ (3S), J /ψ , and ψ' are formed, respectively, at 1.2, 6.6, 8.8, 5.8, and 11.0 fm/c after the quark pair are produced in central Au+Au collisions at the top energy of the BNL Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), and these times become shorter in semicentral collisions. We further show, as an example, that including the effect of formation time enhances appreciably the survivability of Υ (1S) in the produced hot dense matter.
Possibilities for relativistic heavy ion collisions at Brookhaven
Barton, M.O.; Hahn, H.
1983-01-01
Since 1980 there has been considerable interest at Brookhaven in exploiting the existence of the Colliding Beam Accelerator, CBA, earlier referred to as Isabelle, for the generation of heavy ion collisions at very high energies. The only requirement for a heavy ion collider would have been for an energy booster for the Tandem accelerator and a tunnel and magnet transport system to the AGS. For a few million dollars heavy ions up to nearly 200 GeV/amu could be collided with luminosities of 10/sup 27/ to 10/sup 28//cm/sup 2/ sec in experimental halls with ideal facilities for heavy ion physics studies. Although the CBA project has been stopped, it is still true that Brookhaven has in place enormous advantages for constructing a heavy ion collider. This paper describes a design that exploits those advantages. It uses the tunnel and other civil construction, the refrigerator, vacuum equipment, injection line components, and the magnet design for which there is expertise and a production facility in place. The result is a machine that appears quite different than would a machine designed from first principles without access to these resources but one which is of high performance and of very attractive cost.
Chemical Property in Heavy Ion Collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kaneta, M.
K-/K+ and bar{p}/p ratios measured in 158 A\\cdotGeV Pb + Pb collisions are shown as a function of centrality and transverse momentum (Pt). Little significant centrality dependence in neither K-/K+ nor bar{p}/p ratios are observed and they are almost constant as a function of Pt. The chemical freeze-out temperature Tch and the chemical potentials for both light and strange quarks (μq, μs) are extracted by comparing the present data with simple model predictions. The μq, μs and Tch from the NA44 are compared with those obtained from similar analysis of SPS S + A and AGS Si + A data. The chemical freeze-out temperature Tch in CERN energy is higher than thermal freeze-out temperature Tfo which is extracted from transverse momentum distribution of charged hadrons. In AGS energy Tch is close to Tfo.
Heavy Ion Collisions at the LHC - Last Call for Predictions
Armesto, N; Borghini, N; Jeon, S; Wiedemann, U A; Abreu, S; Akkelin, V; Alam, J; Albacete, J L; Andronic, A; Antonuv, D; Arleo, F; Armesto, N; Arsene, I C; Barnafoldi, G G; Barrette, J; Bauchle, B; Becattini, F; Betz, B; Bleicher, M; Bluhm, M; Boer, D; Bopp, F W; Braun-Munzinger, P; Bravina, L; Busza, W; Cacciari, M; Capella, A; Casalderrey-Solana, J; Chatterjee, R; Chen, L; Cleymans, J; Cole, B A; delValle, Z C; Csernai, L P; Cunqueiro, L; Dainese, A; de Deus, J D; Ding, H; Djordjevic, M; Drescher, H; Dremin, I M; Dumitru, A; El, A; Engel, R; d'Enterria, D; Eskola, K J; Fai, G; Ferreiro, E G; Fries, R J; Frodermann, E; Fujii, H; Gale, C; Gelis, F; Goncalves, V P; Greco, V; Gyulassy, M; van Hees, H; Heinz, U; Honkanen, H; Horowitz, W A; Iancu, E; Ingelman, G; Jalilian-Marian, J; Jeon, S; Kaidalov, A B; Kampfer, B; Kang, Z; Karpenko, I A; Kestin, G; Kharzeev, D; Ko, C M; Koch, B; Kopeliovich, B; Kozlov, M; Kraus, I; Kuznetsova, I; Lee, S H; Lednicky, R; Letessier, J; Levin, E; Li, B; Lin, Z; Liu, H; Liu, W; Loizides, C; Lokhtin, I P; Machado, M T; Malinina, L V; Managadze, A M; Mangano, M L; Mannarelli, M; Manuel, C; Martinez, G; Milhano, J G; Mocsy, A; Molnar, D; Nardi, M; Nayak, J K; Niemi, H; Oeschler, H; Ollitrault, J; Paic, G; Pajares, C; Pantuev, V S; Papp, G; Peressounko, D; Petreczky, P; Petrushanko, S V; Piccinini, F; Pierog, T; Pirner, H J; Porteboeuf, S; Potashnikova, I; Qin, G Y; Qiu, J; Rafelski, J; Rajagopal, K; Ranft, J; Rapp, R; Rasanen, S S; Rathsman, J; Rau, P; Redlich, K; Renk, T; Rezaeian, A H; Rischke, D; Roesler, S; Ruppert, J; Ruuskanen, P V; Salgado, C A; Sapeta, S; Sarcevic, I; Sarkar, S; Sarycheva, L I; Schmidt, I; Shoski, A I; Sinha, B; Sinyukov, Y M; Snigirev, A M; Srivastava, D K; Stachel, J; Stasto, A; Stocker, H; Teplov, C Y; Thews, R L; Torrieri, G; Pop, V T; Triantafyllopoulos, D N; Tuchin, K L; Turbide, S; Tywoniuk, K; Utermann, A; Venugopalan, R; Vitev, I; Vogt, R; Wang, E; Wang, X N; Werner, K; Wessels, E; Wheaton, S; Wicks, S; Wiedemann, U A; Wolschin, G; Xiao, B; Xu, Z; Yasui, S; Zabrodin, E; Zapp, K; Zhang, B
2008-02-25
In August 2006, the CERN Theory Unit announced to restructure its visitor program and to create a 'CERN Theory Institute', where 1-3 month long specific programs can take place. The first such Institute was held from 14 May to 10 June 2007, focusing on 'Heavy Ion Collisions at the LHC - Last Call for Predictions'. It brought together close to 100 scientists working on the theory of ultra-relativistic heavy ion collisions. The aim of this workshop was to review and document the status of expectations and predictions for the heavy ion program at the Large Hadron Collider LHC before its start. LHC will explore heavy ion collisions at {approx} 30 times higher center of mass energy than explored previously at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider RHIC. So, on the one hand, the charge of this workshop provided a natural forum for the exchange of the most recent ideas, and allowed to monitor how the understanding of heavy ion collisions has evolved in recent years with the data from RHIC, and with the preparation of the LHC experimental program. On the other hand, the workshop aimed at a documentation which helps to distinguish pre- from post-dictions. An analogous documentation of the 'Last Call for Predictions' [1] was prepared prior to the start of the heavy-ion program at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider RHIC, and it proved useful in the subsequent discussion and interpretation of RHIC data. The present write-up is the documentation of predictions for the LHC heavy ion program, received or presented during the CERN TH Institute. The set-up of the CERN TH Institute allowed us to aim for the wide-most coverage of predictions. There were more than 100 presentations and discussions during the workshop. Moreover, those unable to attend could still participate by submitting predictions in written form during the workshop. This followed the spirit that everybody interested in making a prediction had the right to be heard. To arrive at a concise document, we required that
Study of entropy in intermediate-energy heavy ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zhang, Xiao-Ji; Guo, Wen-Jun; Li, Xian-Jie; Wang, Kuo
2016-03-01
Using the isospin-dependent quantum molecular dynamics model, the entropy of an intermediate-energy heavy ion collision system after the reaction and the number of deuteronlike and protonlike particles produced in the collision is calculated. In the collision, different parameters are used and the mass number used here is from 40 to 93 at incident energy from 150 MeV to 1050 MeV. We build a new model in which the density distribution of the reaction product is used to calculate the size of the entropy. The entropy calculated with this model is in good agreement with experimental values. Our data reveals that with the increase of the neutron-proton ratio and impact parameter, the entropy of the reaction system decreases, and it increases with the increase of system mass and reaction energy.
Selected experimental results from heavy-ion collisions at LHC
Singh, Ranbir; Kumar, Lokesh; Netrakanti, Pawan Kumar; Mohanty, Bedangadas
2013-01-01
We reviewmore » a subset of experimental results from the heavy-ion collisions at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) facility at CERN. Excellent consistency is observed across all the experiments at the LHC (at center of mass energysNN=2.76 TeV) for the measurements such as charged particle multiplicity density, azimuthal anisotropy coefficients, and nuclear modification factor of charged hadrons. Comparison to similar measurements from the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at lower energy (sNN=200 GeV) suggests that the system formed at LHC has a higher energy density and larger system size and lives for a longer time. These measurements are compared to model calculations to obtain physical insights on the properties of matter created at the RHIC and LHC.« less
Particle-production mechanism in relativistic heavy-ion collisions
Bush, B.W.; Nix, J.R.
1994-07-01
We discuss the production of particles in relativistic heavy-ion collisions through the mechanism of massive bremsstrahlung, in which massive mesons are emitted during rapid nucleon acceleration. This mechanism is described within the framework of classical hadrodynamics for extended nucleons, corresponding to nucleons of finite size interacting with massive meson fields. This new theory provides a natural covariant microscopic approach to relativistic heavy-ion collisions that includes automatically spacetime nonlocality and retardation, nonequilibrium phenomena, interactions among all nucleons, and particle production. Inclusion of the finite nucleon size cures the difficulties with preacceleration and runaway solutions that have plagued the classical theory of self-interacting point particles. For the soft reactions that dominate nucleon-nucleon collisions, a significant fraction of the incident center-of-mass energy is radiated through massive bremsstrahlung. In the present version of the theory, this radiated energy is in the form of neutral scalar ({sigma}) and neutral vector ({omega}) mesons, which subsequently decay primarily into pions with some photons also. Additional meson fields that are known to be important from nucleon-nucleon scattering experiments should be incorporated in the future, in which case the radiated energy would also contain isovector pseudoscalar ({pi}{sup +}, {pi}{sup {minus}}, {pi}{sup 0}), isovector scalar ({delta}{sup +}, {delta}{sup {minus}}, {delta}{sup 0}), isovector vector ({rho}{sup +}, {rho}{sup {minus}}, {rho}{sup 0}), and neutral pseudoscalar ({eta}) mesons.
Magnetohydrodynamics and charge identified directed flow in heavy ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Gürsoy, Umut; Kharzeev, Dmitri; Rajagopal, Krishna
2016-01-01
Strong magnetic fields produced in any non-central heavy ion collision are expected to affect the dynamics of the hot QCD matter produced in this collision. The magnetic field is time-dependent and the medium is expanding, which leads to the induction of charged currents due to the combination of Faraday and Hall effects. We study the imprint the magnetic fields produced in non-central heavy ion collisions leave on the azimuthal distributions and correlations of the produced charged hadrons by employing an analytic solution to hydrodynamics combined with the electromagnetic effects in a perturbative fashion. We use the Cooper-Frye freeze-out procedure on an isothermal freeze-out surface to obtain the azimuthal hadron distributions. We find that the charged currents induced by the present of the electromagnetic fields result in a charge-dependent directed flow v1 that is odd in rapidity and odd under charge exchange. It can be detected by measuring correlations between the directed flow of charged hadrons at different rapidities, < v1±(y1)v1±(y2) > .
Kaon and pion production in relativistic heavy-ion collisions
Wagner, M.; Larionov, A.B.; Mosel, U.
2005-03-01
The Boltzmann-Uehling-Uhlenbeck (BUU) transport model is applied to study strangeness and pion production in nucleus-nucleus collisions. Starting from proton induced reactions, we further investigate Si+Au, Au+Au, and Pb+Pb collisions in the energy range between 2 and 40A GeV and compare the results with data and other transport calculations. The qq-annihilation, or resonance, channel simulated by the string model in meson-nucleon collisions at {radical}(s)>2 GeV is introduced. The importance of this channel for a good description of the proton-nucleus data on K{sup +} production is demonstrated. We further show that meson-meson collisions contribute significantly to the KK{sup lowbar} production in heavy-ion collisions above 5A GeV and improve the agreement with data on the K{sup +}/{pi}{sup +} ratio. Finally, we study the influence of in-medium modifications of the FRITIOF model on pion and kaon production.
Isotropization and Hydrodynamization in Weakly Coupled Heavy-Ion Collisions.
Kurkela, Aleksi; Zhu, Yan
2015-10-30
We numerically solve the (2+1)-dimensional effective kinetic theory of weak coupling QCD under longitudinal expansion, relevant for early stages of heavy-ion collisions. We find agreement with viscous hydrodynamics and classical Yang-Mills simulations in the regimes where they are applicable. By choosing initial conditions that are motivated by a color-glass-condensate framework, we find that for Q_{s}=2 GeV and α_{s}=0.3 the system is approximately described by viscous hydrodynamics well before τ≲1.0 fm/c. PMID:26565462
Theory of transfer reactions in peripheral heavy-ion collisions
Rapisarda, A. Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Catania, Corso Italia 57, I-95129 Catania, Italy ); Baldo, M. ); Broglia, R.A. The Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, DK-2100 Copenhagen O, Denmark ); Winther, A. )
1990-03-01
The total absorption from the elastic channel due to transfer and inelastic processes in peripheral heavy-ion collisions at low bombarding energies is calculated in a microscopic coupled-channel approach. It is demonstrated for the first time that considering the depopulation of the entrance channel as an incoherent depopulation due to transfer processes is a good approximation. Using the corresponding absorptive potential within the framework of the Born approximation to calculate the transfer to individual channels, the results of full coupled-channels calculations are accurately reproduced.
Entanglement and fast quantum thermalization in heavy ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ho, Chiu Man; Hsu, Stephen D. H.
2016-06-01
Let A be subsystem of a larger system A ∪ B and ψ be a typical state from the subspace of the Hilbert space ℋAB satisfying an energy constraint. Then ρA(ψ) = TrB|ψ><ψ| is nearly thermal. We discuss how this observation is related to fast thermalization of the central region ( ≈ A) in heavy ion collisions (HIC), where B represents other degrees of freedom (soft modes, hard jets, collinear particles) outside of A. Entanglement between the modes in A and B play a central role: the entanglement entropy SA increases rapidly in the collision. In gauge-gravity duality, SA is related to the area of extremal surfaces in the bulk, which can be studied using gravitational duals.
Pion correlations in relativistic heavy ion collisions at Heavy Ion Spectrometer Systems (HISS)
Christie, W.B. Jr.
1990-05-01
This thesis contains the setup, analysis and results of experiment E684H Multi-Pion Correlations in Relativistic Heavy Ion Collisions''. The goals of the original proposal were: (1) To initiate the use of the HISS facility in the study of central Relativistic Heavy Ion Collisions (RHIC). (2) To perform a second generation experiment for the detailed study of the pion source in RHIC. The first generation experiments, implied by the second goal above, refer to pion correlation studies which the Riverside group had performed at the LBL streamer chamber. The major advantage offered by moving the pion correlation studies to HISS is that, being an electronic detector system, as opposed to the Streamer Chamber which is a visual detector, one can greatly increase the statistics for a study of this sort. An additional advantage is that once one has written the necessary detector and physics analysis code to do a particular type of study, the study may be extended to investigate the systematics, with much less effort and in a relatively short time. This paper discusses the Physics motivation for this experiment, the experimental setup and detectors used, the pion correlation analysis, the results, and the conclusions possible future directions for pion studies at HISS. If one is not interested in all the details of the experiment, I believe that by reading the sections on intensity interferometry, the section the fitting of the correlation function and the systematic corrections applied, and the results section, one will get a fairly complete synopsis of the experiment.
Ultra-peripheral heavy-ion collisions with CMS
Kenny, Pat
2015-04-10
Ultra-peripheral collisions (UPCs) of heavy ions involve long range electromagnetic interactions at impact parameters larger than twice the nuclear radius. At TeV energies, the strong electromagnetic field due to the coherent action of the Z = 82 proton charges generates a large flux of photons, which can be used for high-energy photoproduction studies. Heavy vector mesons produced in electromagnetic interactions provide direct information on the parton distribution functions in the nucleus at very low values of Bjorken-x. These events are characterized by a very low hadron multiplicity. The wide pseudo-rapidity coverage of the CMS detectors is used to separate such events from very peripheral nuclear interactions. The CMS experiment has excellent capabilities for the measurement of the heavy vector mesons in the dimuon decay channel using the tracker and the muon chambers. This analysis demonstrates CMS’s capabilities for measuring J/ψ and the two-photon process in ultra-peripheral collisions, using the 2011 PbPb and 2013 pPb data. The prospects for future measurements using the data to be collected in the 2015 PbPb run will be described.
Science and art in heavy-ion collisions
Weiss, M.S.
1982-08-09
One of the more intriguing phenomena discovered in heavy-ion physics is the seeming appearance of high energy structure in the excitation spectra of inelastically scattered heavy ions. For reasons illustrated, these may well be a phenomena unique to heavy ions and their explanation perhaps unique to TDHF.
Cold Nuclear Matter Effects on Heavy Quark Production in Relativistic Heavy Ion Collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Durham, John Matthew
2011-12-01
The experimental collaborations at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) have established that dense nuclear matter with partonic degrees of freedom is formed in collisions of heavy nuclei at 200 GeV. Information from heavy quarks has given significant insight into the dynamics of this matter. Charm and bottom quarks are dominantly produced by gluon fusion in the early stages of the collision, and thus experience the complete evolution of the medium. The production baseline measured in p + p collisions can be described by fixed order plus next to leading log perturbative QCD calculations within uncertainties. In central Au+Au collisions, suppression has been measured relative to the yield in p + p scaled by the number of nucleon-nucleon collisions, indicating a significant energy loss by heavy quarks in the medium. The large elliptic flow amplitude v2 provides evidence that the heavy quarks flow along with the lighter partons. The suppression and elliptic flow of these quarks are in qualitative agreement with calculations based on Langevin transport models that imply a viscosity to entropy density ratio close to the conjectured quantum lower bound of 1/4pi. However, a full understanding of these phenomena requires measurements of cold nuclear matter (CNM) effects, which should be present in Au+Au collisions but are difficult to distinguish experimentally from effects due to interactions with the medium. This thesis presents measurements of electrons at midrapidity from the decays of heavy quarks produced in d+Au collisions at RHIC. A significant enhancement of these electrons is seen at a transverse momentum below 5 GeV/c, indicating strong CNM effects on charm quarks that are not present for lighter quarks. A simple model of CNM effects in Au+Au collisions suggests that the level of suppression in the hot nuclear medium is comparable for all quark flavors.
Quantifying the sQGP - Heavy Ion Collisions at RHIC
Seto, Richard
2014-12-01
This is the closeout for DE-FG02-86ER40271 entitled Quantifying the sQGP - Heavy Ion Collisions at the RHIC. Two major things were accomplished. The first, is the physics planning, design, approval, construction, and commissioning of the MPC-EX. The MPC-EX is an electromagnetic calorimeter covering a rapidity of 3<|eta|<4, which was added to the PHENIX detector. Its primary aim is to measure low-x gluons, in order to understand the suppression seen in a variety of signatures, such as the J/Psi. A candidate to explain this phenomena is the Color Glass Condensate (CGC) A second task was to look at collisions of asymmetric species, in particularly Cu+Au. The signature was the suppression of J/Psi mesons at forward and backward rapidity, where a stronger suppression was seen in the copper going direction. While the blue of the suppression is due to hot nuclear matter effects (e.g. screening) the increase in suppression on the Au side was consistent with cold nuclear matter effects seen in d+Au collisions. A major candidate for the explanation of this phenomena is the aforementioned CGC. Finally the work on sPHENIX, particularly an extension to the forward region, called fsPHENIX is described.
Production of strange clusters in relativistic heavy ion collisions
Dover, C.B.; Baltz, A.J.; Pang, Yang; Schlagel, T.J.; Kahana, S.H.
1993-02-01
We address a number of issues related to the production of strangeness in high energy heavy ion collisions, including the possibility that stable states of multi-strange hyperonic or quark matter might exist, and the prospects that such objects may be created and detected in the laboratory. We make use of events generated by the cascade code ARC to estimate the rapidity distribution dN/dy of strange clusters produced in Si+Au and Au+Au collisions at AGS energies. These calculations are performed in a simple coalescence model, which yields a consistent description of the strange cluster (d, [sup 3]HE, [sup 3]H, [sup 4]He) production at these energies. If a doubly strange, weakly bound [Lambda][Lambda] dibaryon exists, we find that it is produced rather copiously in Au+Au collisions, with dN/dy [approximately]0.1 at raid-rapidity. If one adds another non-strange or strange baryon to a cluster, the production rate decreases by roughly one or two orders of magnitude, respectively. For instance, we predict that the hypernucleus [sub [Lambda][Lambda
Modelling early stages of relativistic heavy-ion collisions
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Ruggieri, M.; Puglisi, A.; Oliva, L.; Plumari, S.; Scardina, F.; Greco, V.
2016-05-01
In this study we model early time dynamics of relativistic heavy ion collisions by an initial color-electric field which then decays to a plasma by the Schwinger mechanism. The dynamics of the many particles system produced by the decay is described by relativistic kinetic theory, taking into account the backreaction on the color field by solving self-consistently the kinetic and the field equations. Our main results concern isotropization and thermalization for a 1+1D expanding geometry. In case of small η/s (η/s ≲ 0.3) we find τisotropization ≈ 0.8 fm/c and τthermalization ≈ 1 fm/c in agreement with the common lore of hydrodynamics.
Production of photons in relativistic heavy-ion collisions
Jean -Francois Paquet; Denicol, Gabriel S.; Shen, Chun; Luzum, Matthew; Schenke, Bjorn; Jeon, Sangyong; Gale, Charles
2016-04-18
In this work it is shown that the use of a hydrodynamical model of heavy-ion collisions which incorporates recent developments, together with updated photon emission rates, greatly improves agreement with both ALICE and PHENIX measurements of direct photons, supporting the idea that thermal photons are the dominant source of direct photon momentum anisotropy. The event-by-event hydrodynamical model uses the impact parameter dependent Glasma model (IP-Glasma) initial states and includes, for the first time, both shear and bulk viscosities, along with second-order couplings between the two viscosities. Furthermore, the effect of both shear and bulk viscosities on the photon rates ismore » studied, and those transport coefficients are shown to have measurable consequences on the photon momentum anisotropy.« less
Transverse Flow of Gluon Fields in Heavy Ion Collision
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Chen, Guangyao; Fries, Rainer J.
2014-09-01
We describe the dynamics of initial gluon fields in heavy ion collision using a formal recursive solution of the Yang Mills equations and solving for the energy momentum tensor analytically in a boost-invariant setup. We generalize the original McLerran-Venugopalan (MV) model in order to allow for realistic nuclear profiles. This leads to a transverse flow of gluon fields. This flow pattern is inherited by the quark gluon plasma fluid after thermalization. Its most interesting aspect is a rapidity-odd flow component. We show that this rapidity-odd flow does not break boost invariance and that it emerges naturally from the Yang Mills equations. It leads to directed flow of particles and introduces angular momentum to the system.
Near field properties in relativistic heavy ion collisions
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Li, Yang; Fries, Rainer; Kapusta, Joseph
2006-04-01
We study the properties of the soft gluon field produced in relativistic heavy ion collisions. In the spirit of McLerran-Venugopalan model, we write the field potential in a power series of the proper time τ and solve the Yang-Mills equation along with color current conservation equations simultaneously. We find that the classical gluon field at small τ, i.e., the near field, is mainly longitudinal. We also calculate the energy-momentum tensor of the field. This gluon field will decay and thermalize into a quark gluon plasma. Our results can be used as the initial conditions for the consequent relativistic hydrodynamic description of the dense parton matter.
Effect of correlations on cumulants in heavy-ion collisions
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Mishra, D. K.; Garg, P.; Netrakanti, P. K.
2016-02-01
We study the effects of correlations on cumulants and their ratios of net-proton multiplicity distributions which have been measured for central (0%-5%) Au+Au collisions at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). This effect has been studied by assuming individual proton and antiproton distributions as a Poisson or negative binomial distribution (NBD). In spite of significantly correlated production due to baryon number, electric charge conservation, and kinematical correlations of protons and antiprotons, the measured cumulants of the net-proton distribution follow the independent-production model. In the present work we demonstrate how the introduction of the correlations will affect the cumulants and their ratios for the difference distributions. We have also demonstrated this study using the proton and antiproton distributions obtained from the hijing event generator.
Fluctuating Glasma Initial Conditions and Flow in Heavy Ion Collisions
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Schenke, Björn; Tribedy, Prithwish; Venugopalan, Raju
2012-06-01
We compute initial conditions in heavy ion collisions within the color glass condensate framework by combining the impact parameter dependent saturation model with the classical Yang-Mills description of initial Glasma fields. In addition to fluctuations of nucleon positions, this impact parameter dependent Glasma description includes quantum fluctuations of color charges on the length scale determined by the inverse nuclear saturation scale Qs. The model naturally produces initial energy fluctuations that are described by a negative binomial distribution. The ratio of triangularity to eccentricity ɛ3/ɛ2 is close to that in a model tuned to reproduce experimental flow data. We compare transverse momentum spectra and v2,3,4(pT) of pions from different models of initial conditions using relativistic viscous hydrodynamic evolution.
Heavy ion collision evolution modeling with ECHO-QGP
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Rolando, V.; Inghirami, G.; Beraudo, A.; Del Zanna, L.; Becattini, F.; Chandra, V.; De Pace, A.; Nardi, M.
2014-11-01
We present a numerical code modeling the evolution of the medium formed in relativistic heavy ion collisions, ECHO-QGP. The code solves relativistic hydrodynamics in (3 + 1)D, with dissipative terms included within the framework of Israel-Stewart theory; it can work both in Minkowskian and in Bjorken coordinates. Initial conditions are provided through an implementation of the Glauber model (both Optical and Monte Carlo), while freezeout and particle generation are based on the Cooper-Frye prescription. The code is validated against several test problems and shows remarkable stability and accuracy with the combination of a conservative (shock-capturing) approach and the high-order methods employed. In particular it beautifully agrees with the semi-analytic solution known as Gubser flow, both in the ideal and in the viscous Israel-Stewart case, up to very large times and without any ad hoc tuning of the algorithm.
EVENT BY EVENT AVERAGES IN HEAVY ION COLLISIONS.
TANNENBAUM,M.J.; MITCHELL,J.T.
2002-03-16
Na49 (Pb+Pb, CERN), PHENIX and STAR (Au+Au, BNL) have presented measurements of the event-by-event average p{sub T} (denoted M{sub pT}) in relativistic heavy ion collisions. Event-by-event averages are most useful to resolve the case of two or several classes of events with e.g. different temperature parameters. The distribution of M{sub pT} is discussed, with emphasis on the case of statistically independent emission according to the semi-inclusive p{sub T} and charged multiplicity distributions. Deviations from statistically independent emission are quantified in terms of a simple two component model, with the individual components being Gamma distributions.
Fluctuating glasma initial conditions and flow in heavy ion collisions.
Schenke, Björn; Tribedy, Prithwish; Venugopalan, Raju
2012-06-22
We compute initial conditions in heavy ion collisions within the color glass condensate framework by combining the impact parameter dependent saturation model with the classical Yang-Mills description of initial Glasma fields. In addition to fluctuations of nucleon positions, this impact parameter dependent Glasma description includes quantum fluctuations of color charges on the length scale determined by the inverse nuclear saturation scale Q(s). The model naturally produces initial energy fluctuations that are described by a negative binomial distribution. The ratio of triangularity to eccentricity ε(3)/ε(2) is close to that in a model tuned to reproduce experimental flow data. We compare transverse momentum spectra and v(2,3,4)(p(T)) of pions from different models of initial conditions using relativistic viscous hydrodynamic evolution. PMID:23004589
Production of photons in relativistic heavy-ion collisions
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Paquet, Jean-François; Shen, Chun; Denicol, Gabriel S.; Luzum, Matthew; Schenke, Björn; Jeon, Sangyong; Gale, Charles
2016-04-01
In this work it is shown that the use of a hydrodynamical model of heavy-ion collisions which incorporates recent developments, together with updated photon emission rates, greatly improves agreement with both ALICE and PHENIX measurements of direct photons, supporting the idea that thermal photons are the dominant source of direct photon momentum anisotropy. The event-by-event hydrodynamical model uses the impact parameter dependent Glasma model (IP-Glasma) initial states and includes, for the first time, both shear and bulk viscosities, along with second-order couplings between the two viscosities. The effect of both shear and bulk viscosities on the photon rates is studied, and those transport coefficients are shown to have measurable consequences on the photon momentum anisotropy.
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Chen, Yujiao
peripheral collisions. Within the experimental errors, the observed suppression is independent of muon pT for all centralities. Furthermore, the p T dependence of the relative muon yields in Pb+Pb collisions to p+p collisions with the same center of mass collision energy per nucleon is presented by the nuclear modification factor RAA, which is defined as the ratio of a spectrum from heavy ion collisions to the same but scaled spectrum from nucleon-nucleon collisions. The observed RAA has little dependence on pT within the uncertainties quoted here. The results for RAA indicate a factor of about 3 suppression in the yield of muons in the most central (0-10%) collisions compared to the p+p collisions.
Production of strange clusters in relativistic heavy ion collisions
Dover, C.B.; Baltz, A.J.; Pang, Yang; Schlagel, T.J.; Kahana, S.H.
1993-02-01
We address a number of issues related to the production of strangeness in high energy heavy ion collisions, including the possibility that stable states of multi-strange hyperonic or quark matter might exist, and the prospects that such objects may be created and detected in the laboratory. We make use of events generated by the cascade code ARC to estimate the rapidity distribution dN/dy of strange clusters produced in Si+Au and Au+Au collisions at AGS energies. These calculations are performed in a simple coalescence model, which yields a consistent description of the strange cluster (d, {sup 3}HE, {sup 3}H, {sup 4}He) production at these energies. If a doubly strange, weakly bound {Lambda}{Lambda} dibaryon exists, we find that it is produced rather copiously in Au+Au collisions, with dN/dy {approximately}0.1 at raid-rapidity. If one adds another non-strange or strange baryon to a cluster, the production rate decreases by roughly one or two orders of magnitude, respectively. For instance, we predict that the hypernucleus {sub {Lambda}{Lambda}}{sup 6}He should have dN/dy {approximately}5 {times} 10{sup {minus}6} for Au+Au central collisions. It should be possible to measure the successive {Lambda} {yields} p{pi}{minus} weak decays of this object. We comment on the possibility that conventional multi-strange hypernuclei may serve as ``doorway states`` for the production of stable configurations of strange quark matter, if such states exist.
Electromagnetic field evolution in relativistic heavy-ion collisions
Voronyuk, V.; Toneev, V. D.; Cassing, W.; Bratkovskaya, E. L.; Konchakovski, V. P.; Voloshin, S. A.
2011-05-15
The hadron string dynamics (HSD) model is generalized to include the creation and evolution of retarded electromagnetic fields as well as the influence of the magnetic and electric fields on the quasiparticle propagation. The time-space structure of the fields is analyzed in detail for noncentral Au + Au collisions at {radical}(s{sub NN})=200 GeV. It is shown that the created magnetic field is highly inhomogeneous, but in the central region of the overlapping nuclei it changes relatively weakly in the transverse direction. For the impact parameter b=10 fm, the maximal magnetic field - perpendicularly to the reaction plane - is obtained of order eB{sub y}/m{sub {pi}}{sup 2}{approx}5 for a very short time {approx}0.2 fm/c, which roughly corresponds to the time of a maximal overlap of the colliding nuclei. We find that at any time, the location of the maximum in the eB{sub y} distribution correlates with that of the energy density of the created particles. In contrast, the electric field distribution, being also highly inhomogeneous, has a minimum in the center of the overlap region. Furthermore, the field characteristics are presented as a function of the collision energy and the centrality of the collisions. To explore the effect of the back reaction of the fields on hadronic observables, a comparison of HSD results with and without fields is exemplified. Our actual calculations show no noticeable influence of the electromagnetic fields--created in heavy-ion collisions--on the effect of the electric charge separation with respect to the reaction plane.
Holographic description of QGP production in heavy ion collisions
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Aref'eva, Irina
2016-01-01
Dual holographic approach provides a powerful tool to study the static properties of the QGP as well as its thermalization. There are holographic models that reproduce perfectly the static properties of the QGP, meanwhile others holographic models are used to get non-static characteristics such as the thermalization time in heavy ions collisions and the charged multiplicity. Holographic thermalization means a black hole formation in the dual space-time and particles multiplicities is defined by the entropy of the produced black hole. In this talk, we report results (arXiv:1409.7558) of study the holographic thermalization in a bottom-up AdS/QCD dual confinement background that provides the Cornell potential and QCD β -function. We perturb this background by colliding domain shock waves that are assumed to be dual to colliding heavy ions. It is known, that only for a special background the entropy of the black hole produced in the domain shock waves collision reproduces energy dependence of particles multiplicities obtained at RHIC and LHC. This background is different from the confinement background. We note that this special background approximates the confinement background in an intermediate domain. We assume that the main part of entropy is produced in this intermediate domain. This permits us to estimate the thermalization time. We show that the dependence of the multiplicity on the energy for the intermediate background has an asymptotic expansion whose first term depends on energy as E1/3, which is rather close to the experimental dependence of particles multiplicities on colliding ions energy obtained at RHIC and LHC. Motivated by recent experimental indications in favor of anisotropic thermalization, we also discuss a holographic thermalization scenario in the anisotropic 5-dimensional Lifshitz-like background. Collision of domain walls in this background has been recently considered in (arXiv:1410.4595). Our estimates show that for the critical exponent
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Cao, Shanshan; Qin, Guang-You; Bass, Steffen A.
2015-08-01
We construct a theoretical framework to describe the evolution of heavy flavors produced in relativistic heavy-ion collisions. The in-medium energy loss of heavy quarks is described using our modified Langevin equation that incorporates both quasielastic scatterings and the medium-induced gluon radiation. The space-time profiles of the fireball are described by a (2+1)-dimensional hydrodynamics simulation. A hybrid model of fragmentation and coalescence is utilized for heavy quark hadronization, after which the produced heavy mesons together with the soft hadrons produced from the bulk quark-gluon plasma (QGP) are fed into the hadron cascade ultrarelativistic quantum molecular dynamics (UrQMD) model to simulate the subsequent hadronic interactions. We find that the medium-induced gluon radiation contributes significantly to heavy quark energy loss at high pT; heavy-light quark coalescence enhances heavy meson production at intermediate pT; and scatterings inside the hadron gas further suppress the D meson RAA at large pT and enhance its v2. Our calculations provide good descriptions of heavy meson suppression and elliptic flow observed at both the Large Hadron Collider and the Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collider.
Classical initial conditions for ultrarelativistic heavy ion collisions
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Kovchegov, Yuri V.
2001-09-01
We construct an analytical expression for the distribution of gluons in the state immediately following a heavy ion collision in the quasi-classical limit of QCD given by the McLerran-Venugopalan model. The resulting gluon number distribution function includes the effects of all multiple rescatterings of gluons with the nucleons of both colliding nuclei. The typical transverse momentum k ⊥ of the produced gluons is shown to be of the order of the saturation scale of the nuclei Q s, as predicted by Mueller. We analyze the properties of the obtained distribution and demonstrate that due to multiple rescatterings it remains finite (up to logarithms of k ⊥) in the soft transverse momentum limit of k ⊥≪Q s, unlike the usual perturbative initial conditions given by collinear factorization. We calculate the total number of produced gluons and show that it is proportional to the total number of gluons inside the nuclear wave function before the collision with the proportionality coefficient c≈2 ln2 .
Dilepton production at intermediate-energy heavy-ion collisions
Wolf, G.; Cassing, W.; Mosel, U.; Schaefer, M. )
1991-04-01
Dilepton production is studied in heavy-ion collisions at bombarding energies from 60 to 400 MeV/nucleon. The dynamical evolution of the nucleus-nucleus collisions is described by a transport equation of the Vlasov-Uehling-Uhlenbeck type including explicitly pion and {Delta}(1232) degrees of freedom and considering free on-shell production processes. We calculate the contribution of proton-neutron bremsstrahlung, {pi}{sup 0} and {Delta} Dalitz decay, and {pi}{sup +}{pi}{sup {minus}} annihilation. At 60 MeV/nucleon bombarding energy proton-neutron bremsstrahlung dominates while around 100 MeV/nucleon most of the {ital e}{sup +}{ital e{minus}} cross section arises from {pi}{sup 0} decay. At 400 MeV/nucleon, however, the {Delta} Dalitz decay is the most important dilepton source for invariant masses {ital M}{gt}140 MeV thus offfering the possibility to study in-medium properties of this resonance.
Entropy production in collisions of gravitational shock waves and of heavy ions
Gubser, Steven S.; Pufu, Silviu S.; Yarom, Amos
2008-09-15
We calculate the area of a marginally trapped surface formed by a head-on collision of gravitational shock waves in AdS{sub D}. We use this to obtain a lower bound on the entropy produced after the collision. A comparison to entropy production in heavy-ion collisions is included. We also discuss an O(D-2) remnant of conformal symmetry, which is present in a class of gravitational shockwave collisions in AdS{sub D} and which might be approximately realized (with D=5) in central heavy-ion collisions.
Probing the nuclear symmetry energy with heavy ion collisions
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Coupland, Daniel David Schechtman
There are two distinct components involved in using heavy ion collisions to constrain the density dependence of the symmetry energy. On one hand, observables sensitive to the symmetry energy must be identified and measured with enough precision to provide meaningful constraints. On the other hand, nuclear reaction simulations are used to predict those observables for different possible forms of the symmetry energy. Examination of both components and the interface between them is important to improve the constraints. This thesis contributes to both the experimental and theoretical parts of this endeavor. First, we examine the uncertainties in the simulation of the isospin diffusion observable by varying the input physics within the pBUU transport code. In addition to the symmetry energy, several other uncertain parts of the calculation affect isospin diffusion, most notably the in-medium nucleon-nucleon cross sections and light cluster production. There is also a difference in the calculated isospin transport ratios depending on whether they are computed using the isospin asymmetry of the heavy residue or of all forward-moving fragments. We suggest that measurements comparing these two quantities would help place constraints on the input physics, including the density dependence of the symmetry energy. Second, we present a measurement of the neutron and proton kinetic energy spectra emitted from central collisions of 124Sn + 124Sn and 112Sn + 112Sn at beam energies of 50 MeV per nucleon and 120 MeV per nucleon. Previous transport simulations indicate that ratios of these spectra are sensitive to the density dependence of the symmetry energy and to the isovector momentum dependence of the mean field. Protons were detected in the Large Area Silicon Strip Array (LASSA) and neutrons were detected in the MSU Neutron Walls. The multiplicity of charged particles detected in the MSU Miniball was used to determine the impact parameter of the collisions. Several thin
From many body wee partons dynamics to perfect fluid: a standard model for heavy ion collisions
Venugopalan, R.
2010-07-22
We discuss a standard model of heavy ion collisions that has emerged both from experimental results of the RHIC program and associated theoretical developments. We comment briefly on the impact of early results of the LHC program on this picture. We consider how this standard model of heavy ion collisions could be solidified or falsified in future experiments at RHIC, the LHC and a future Electro-Ion Collider.
Systematics of Charged Particle Production in Heavy-Ion Collisions with the PHOBOS Detector at Rhic
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Steinberg, Peter A.; Back, B. B.; Baker, M. D.; Barton, D. S.; Betts, R. R.; Bindel, R.; Budzanowski, A.; Busza, W.; Carroll, A.; Corbo, J.; Decowski, M. P.; Garcia, E.; George, N.; Gulbrandsen, K.; Gushue, S.; Halliwell, C.; Hamblen, J.; Henderson, C.; Hicks, D.; Hofman, D.; Hollis, R. S.; Hołyński, R.; Holzman, B.; Iordanova, A.; Johnson, E.; Kane, J.; Katzy, J.; Khan, N.; Kucewicz, W.; Kulinich, P.; Kuo, C. M.; Lin, W. T.; Manly, S.; McLeod, D.; Michałowski, J.; Mignerey, A.; Mülmenstädt, J.; Nouicer, R.; Olszewski, A.; Pak, R.; Park, I. C.; Pernegger, H.; Rafelski, M.; Rbeiz, M.; Reed, C.; Remsberg, L. P.; Reuter, M.; Roland, C.; Roland, G.; Rosenberg, L.; Sagerer, J.; Sarin, P.; Sawicki, P.; Skulski, W.; Steadman, S. G.; Steinberg, P.; Stephans, G. S. F.; Stodulski, M.; Sukhanov, A.; Tang, J.-L.; Teng, R.; Trzupek, A.; Vale, C.; van Nieuwenhuizen, G. J.; Verdier, R.; Wadsworth, B.; Wolfs, F. L. H.; Wosiek, B.; Woźniak, K.; Wuosmaa, A. H.; Wysłouch, B.
2002-03-01
The multiplicity of charged particles produced in Au+Au collisions as a function of energy, centrality, rapidity and azimuthal angle has been measured with the PHOBOS detector at RHIC. These results contribute to our understanding of the initial state of heavy ion collisions and provide a means to compare basic features of particle production in nuclear collisions with more elementary systems.
Critical condition in gravitational shock wave collision and heavy ion collisions
Lin Shu; Shuryak, Edward
2011-02-15
In this paper, we derive a critical condition for matter equilibration in heavy ion collisions using a holographic approach. Gravitational shock waves with infinite transverse extension are used to model an infinite nucleus. We construct the trapped surface in the collision of two asymmetric planar shock waves with sources at different depth in the bulk AdS and formulate a critical condition for matter equilibration in the collision of ''nuclei'' in the dual gauge theory. We find the critical condition is insensitive to the depth of the source closer to the AdS boundary. To understand the origin of the critical condition, we compute the Next-to-Leading Order stress tensor in the boundary field theory due to the interaction of the nuclei and find that the critical condition corresponds to the breaking down of the perturbative expansion. We expect nonperturbative effects are needed to describe black hole formation.
Electromagnetic fields and anomalous transports in heavy-ion collisions-a pedagogical review.
Huang, Xu-Guang
2016-07-01
The hot and dense matter generated in heavy-ion collisions may contain domains which are not invariant under P and CP transformations. Moreover, heavy-ion collisions can generate extremely strong magnetic fields as well as electric fields. The interplay between the electromagnetic field and triangle anomaly leads to a number of macroscopic quantum phenomena in these P- and CP-odd domains known as anomalous transports. The purpose of this article is to give a pedagogical review of various properties of the electromagnetic fields, the anomalous transport phenomena, and their experimental signatures in heavy-ion collisions. PMID:27275776
Gluon Productions in classical SU(3) lattice gauge theory in high energy heavy ion collisions
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Nara, Yasushi; Krasnitz, Alex; Venugopalan, Raju
2001-10-01
A classical effective field theory approach was introduced to describe the initial conditions for the produced partons in ultra-relativistic heavy ion collisions. The importance of the productions of small x gluons are emphasized, since, in high energy heavy ion collisions, parton distributions grow rapidly and may saturate. Most of them are freed during the reactions. Krasnitz and Venugopalan performed a non-perturbative numerical computation for a SU(2) gauge theory. We present the initial gluon transverse momentum distribution from SU(3) real time lattice gauge simulation in the high energy heavy ion collisions.
Pauli correlations in heavy-ion collisions at high energies
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Franco, V.; Nutt, W. T.
1977-01-01
We calculate the effects of short-range correlations on the Glauber expansion for nucleus-nucleus collisions using the Fermi gas model for nuclei. When we neglect the Pauli principle for collisions between heavy nuclei, calculation of the optical phase-shift function leads to non-unitary results and we cannot obtain cross sections. When we include Pauli correlations we find important cancellations in the optical phase-shift function, which make possible the calculation of total and differential cross sections for heavy nuclei.
Triangularity and dipole asymmetry in relativistic heavy ion collisions
Teaney, Derek; Yan Li
2011-06-15
We introduce a cumulant expansion to parametrize possible initial conditions in relativistic heavy ion collisions. We show that the cumulant expansion converges and that it can systematically reproduce the results of Glauber type initial conditions. At third order in the gradient expansion the cumulants characterize the triangularity
Modeling and Analysis of Ultrarelativistic Heavy Ion Collisions
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McCormack, William; Pratt, Scott
2014-09-01
High-energy collisions of heavy ions, such as gold, copper, or uranium serve as an important means of studying quantum chromodynamic matter. When relativistic nuclei collide, a hot, energetic fireball of dissociated partonic matter is created; this super-hadronic matter is believed to be the quark gluon plasma (QGP), which is theorized to have comprised the universe immediately following the big bang. As the fireball expands and cools, it reaches freeze-out temperatures, and quarks hadronize into baryons and mesons. To characterize this super-hadronic matter, one can use balance functions, a means of studying correlations due to local charge conservation. In particular, the simple model used in this research assumed two waves of localized charge-anticharge production, with an abrupt transition from the QGP stage to hadronization. Balance functions were constructed as the sum of these two charge production components, and four parameters were manipulated to match the model's output with experimental data taken from the STAR Collaboration at RHIC. Results show that the chemical composition of the super-hadronic matter are consistent with that of a thermally equilibrated QGP. High-energy collisions of heavy ions, such as gold, copper, or uranium serve as an important means of studying quantum chromodynamic matter. When relativistic nuclei collide, a hot, energetic fireball of dissociated partonic matter is created; this super-hadronic matter is believed to be the quark gluon plasma (QGP), which is theorized to have comprised the universe immediately following the big bang. As the fireball expands and cools, it reaches freeze-out temperatures, and quarks hadronize into baryons and mesons. To characterize this super-hadronic matter, one can use balance functions, a means of studying correlations due to local charge conservation. In particular, the simple model used in this research assumed two waves of localized charge-anticharge production, with an abrupt transition
Initial Gluon Multiplicity in Heavy-Ion Collisions
Krasnitz, Alex; Venugopalan, Raju
2001-02-26
The initial gluon multiplicity per unit area per unit rapidity, dN/L{sup 2}/d{eta} , in high energy nuclear collisions, is equal to f{sub N}(g{sup 2}{mu}L) (g{sup 2}{mu}){sup 2}/g{sup 2 } , with {mu}{sup 2} proportional to the gluon density per unit area of the colliding nuclei. For an SU(2) gauge theory, we compute f{sub N}(g{sup 2}{mu}L)=0.14{+-} 0.01 for a wide range in g{sup 2}{mu}L . Extrapolating to SU(3), we predict dN/L{sup 2}/d{eta} for values of g{sup 2}{mu}L relevant to the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider and the Large Hadron Collider. We compute the initial gluon transverse momentum distribution, dN/L{sup 2}/d{sup 2}k{sub {perpendicular}} , and show it to be well behaved at low k{sub {perpendicular}} .
Effect of entrance channel on dynamics of heavy ions collision
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Naderi, D.
2016-01-01
A combined dynamical model using concept of dinuclear systems (DNS) and one-dimensional (1D) Langevin equations was applied to investigate the effect of entrance channel on dynamics of heavy ions collision. The 30Si+170Er, 16O+184W and 19F+181Ta reactions which formed the compound nucleus 200Pb have been considered to study this effect. We studied these reactions dynamically and calculated the ratio of evaporation residue cross-section to fusion cross-section (σER/σFus) as a tool for investigation of entrance channel effect. Results of combined model are compared with available experimental data and results of 1D Langevin equations. Obtained results based on combined model are in better agreement with experimental data in comparison with results of Langevin equations. We concluded for 30Si+170Er and 19F+181Ta reactions the results of combined model that support the quasi-fission process are different relative to Langevin dynamical approach, whereas for 16O+184W system the two models give similar results.
Extracting p Λ scattering lengths from heavy ion collisions
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Shapoval, V. M.; Erazmus, B.; Lednicky, R.; Sinyukov, Yu. M.
2015-09-01
The source radii previously extracted by the STAR Collaboration from the p -Λ ⊕p ¯-Λ ¯ and p ¯-Λ ⊕p -Λ ¯ correlation functions measured in 10% most central Au+Au collisions at top Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) energy, √{sN N}=200 GeV, differ by a factor of 2. The probable reason for this is the neglect of residual correlation effect in the STAR analysis. In the present paper we analyze baryon correlation functions within the Lednický and Lyuboshitz analytical model, extended to effectively account for the residual correlation contribution. Different analytical approximations for such a contribution are considered. We also use the averaged source radii extracted from hydrokinetic model (HKM) simulations to fit the experimental data. In contrast to the STAR experimental study, the calculations in HKM show both p Λ and p Λ ¯ radii to be quite close, as expected from theoretical considerations. Using the effective Gaussian parametrization of residual correlations we obtain a satisfactory fit to the measured baryon-antibaryon correlation function with the HKM source radius value 3.28 fm. The baryon-antibaryon spin-averaged strong interaction scattering length is also extracted from the fit to the experimental correlation function.
Two-pion correlations in heavy ion collisions
Zajc, W.A.
1982-08-01
An application of intensity interferometry to relativistic heavy ion collisions is reported. Specifically, the correlation between two like-charged pions is used to study the reactions Ar+KCl..-->..2..pi../sup +-/+X and Ne+NaF..-->..2..pi../sup -/+X. Source sizes are obtained that are consistent with a simple geometric interpretation. Lifetimes are less well determined but are indicative of a faster pion production process than predicted by Monte Carlo cascade calculations. There appears to be a substantial coherent component of the pion source, although measurement is complicated by the presence of final state interactions. Additionally, the generation of spectra of uncorrelated events is discussed. In particular, the influence of the correlation function on the background spectrum is analyzed, and a prescription for removal of this influence is given. A formulation to describe the statistical errors in the background is also presented. Finally, drawing from the available literature, a self-contained introduction to Bose-Einstein correlations and the Hanbury-Brown - Twiss effect is provided, with an emphasis on points of contact between classical and quantum mechanical descriptions.
Anomalous positrons from heavy ion collisions: Past results and future plans
Betts, R.R.
1989-01-01
The current status of the experimental study of anomalous lines observed in the spectra of positrons produced in heavy ion collisions is reviewed. A new experiment to measure positron-electron coincidences is discussed. 26 refs., 14 figs., 2 tabs.
Selected Topics in the Physics of Heavy Ion Collisions (1/3)
2011-03-15
In these lectures, I discuss some classes of measurements accessible in heavy ion collisions at the LHC. How can these observables be measured, to what extent can they be calculated, and what do they tell us about the dense mesoscopic system created during the collision? In the first lecture, I shall focus in particular on measurements that constrain the spatio-temporal picture of the collisions and that measure centrality, orientations and extensions. In the subsequent lectures, I then discuss on how classes of measurements allow one to characterize collective phenomena, and to what extent these measurements can constrain the properties of matter produced in heavy ion collisions.
Selected Topics in the Physics of Heavy Ion Collisions (1/3)
None
2011-04-25
In these lectures, I discuss some classes of measurements accessible in heavy ion collisions at the LHC. How can these observables be measured, to what extent can they be calculated, and what do they tell us about the dense mesoscopic system created during the collision? In the first lecture, I shall focus in particular on measurements that constrain the spatio-temporal picture of the collisions and that measure centrality, orientations and extensions. In the subsequent lectures, I then discuss on how classes of measurements allow one to characterize collective phenomena, and to what extent these measurements can constrain the properties of matter produced in heavy ion collisions.
Multiplicity and transverse energy of produced gluon in relativistic heavy ion collision
Xiao Bowen
2005-09-01
We present a simple gluon production picture that is based on the McLerran-Venugopalan model and gluon BFKL evolution in relativistic heavy-ion collision. Results for the multiplicity and transverse energy distribution in both the central and forward rapidity regions for gluon production in early stages of heavy-ion collisions at the LHC are given. Finally, we provide a general qualitative discussion of the consequences of the forward rapidity behavior of produced gluons.
Constraints on the density dependence of the symmetry energy from heavy-ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Tsang, M. B.; Chajecki, Z.; Coupland, D.; Danielewicz, P.; Famiano, F.; Hodges, R.; Kilburn, M.; Lu, F.; Lynch, W. G.; Winkelbauer, J.; Youngs, M.; Zhang, Y. X.
2011-04-01
Constraints on the equation of state (EoS) for symmetric matter (equal neutron and proton numbers) have been extracted from energetic collisions of heavy ions over a range of energies. Collisions of neutron-deficient and neutron-rich heavy ions now provide initial constraints on the EoS of neutron-rich matter at subsaturation densities from isospin diffusions and neutron proton ratios. This article reviews the experimental constraints on the density dependence of symmetry energy at subsaturation density.
Elliptic and triangular flow of heavy flavor in heavy-ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Nahrgang, Marlene; Aichelin, Jörg; Bass, Steffen; Gossiaux, Pol Bernard; Werner, Klaus
2015-01-01
We investigate the elliptic and the triangular flow of heavy mesons in ultrarelativistic heavy-ion collisions at the BNL Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collider and the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC) . The dynamics of heavy quarks is coupled to the locally thermalized and fluid dynamically evolving quark-gluon plasma. The elliptic flow of D mesons and the centrality dependence measured at the LHC is well reproduced for purely collisional and bremsstrahlung interactions. Due to the event-by-event fluctuating initial conditions from the EPOS2 model, the D meson triangular flow is predicted to be nonzero at √{s }=200 GeV and √{s }=2.76 TeV. We study the centrality dependence and quantify the contributions stemming from flow of the light bulk event and the hadronization process. The flow coefficients as responses to the initial eccentricities behave differently for heavy mesons than for light hadrons due to their inertia. Higher-order flow coefficients of heavy flavor become important in order to quantify the degree of thermalization.
Electromagnetic heavy-lepton pair production in relativistic heavy-ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Şengül, M. Y.; Güçlü, M. C.; Mercan, Ö.; Karakuş, N. G.
2016-08-01
We calculate the cross sections of electromagnetic productions of muon- and tauon-pair productions from the ultra-relativistic heavy ion collisions. Since the Compton wavelengths of muon and tauon are comparable to the radius of the colliding ions, nuclear form factors play important roles for calculating the cross sections. Recent measurement (Abrahamyan et al., Phys Rev Lett 108:112502, 2012) indicates that the neutrons are differently distributed from the protons; therefore this affects the cross section of the heavy-lepton pair production. In order to see the effects of the neutron distributions in the nucleus, we used analytical expression of the Fourier transforms of the Wood-Saxon distribution. Cross section calculations show that the Wood-Saxon distribution function is more sensitive to the parameter R compared to the parameter a.
Heavy-ion collisions and the nuclear equation of state
Keane, D.
1992-01-01
The overall goal of this project is to study nucleus-nucleus collisions experimentally at intermediate and relativistic energies, with emphasis on measurement and interpretation of correlation effects that provide insight into the nuclear phase diagram and the nuclear equation of state. During the past year, the PI has been on leave at Lawrence Berkeley Lab and has worked on this research project full-time. A large fraction of the effort of the PI and graduate students has gone into preparing for experiments using the Time Projection Chamber at LBL's Bevalac accelerator; in March 1992, this device successfully took data in production mode for the first time, and the first physics analysis is now under way. The PI has carried out simulations that help to define the physics performance and engineering specifications of the recently-approved STAR detector for the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, and has identified a new capability of this device with the potential for being an important quark-gluon plasma signature. A Postdoctoral Fellow, jointly supported by this grant and Kent State University, has been recruited to augment these efforts. Since May 1991, 11 journal papers have been published or submitted for publication; 2 conference proceedings and 9 reports or abstracts have also been published during the past year. One paper in Phys. Rev. Left., one in Phys. Rev. C, and one conference proceedings are based on the thesis project of one of the PI's Ph.D. students who is expected to graduate later this year. Partly in response to the impending closure of the Bevalac, the PI's group has recently joined the NA49 experiment at CERN.
The Boltzmann equation for gluons at early times after a heavy ion collision
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Mueller, A. H.
2000-03-01
A Boltzmann equation is given for the early stages of evolution of the gluon system produced in a head-on heavy ion collision. The collision term is taken from gluon-gluon scattering in the one-gluon approximation.
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Ekpyrosis and inflationary dynamics in heavy ion collisions: the role of quantum fluctuations
Dusling, K.; Venugopalan, R.; Gelis, F.
2011-05-23
We summarize recent significant progress in the development of a first-principles formalism to describe the formation and evolution of matter in very high energy heavy ion collisions. The key role of quantum fluctuations both before and after a collision is emphasized. Systematic computations are now feasible to address early time isotropization, flow, parton energy loss and the Chiral Magnetic Effect.
Universal behavior of charged particle production in heavy ion collisions at RHIC energies
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Steinberg, Peter A.; Back, B. B.; Baker, M. D.; Barton, D. S.; Betts, R. R.; Ballintijn, M.; Bickley, A. A.; Bindel, R.; Budzanowski, A.; Busza, W.; Carroll, A.; Decowski, M. P.; García, E.; George, N.; Gulbrandsen, K.; Gushue, S.; Halliwell, C.; Hamblen, J.; Heintzelman, G. A.; Henderson, C.; Hofman, D. J.; Hollis, R. S.; Holyński, R.; Holzman, B.; Iordanova, A.; Johnson, E.; Kane, J. L.; Katzy, J.; Khan, N.; Kucewicz, W.; Kulinich, P.; Kuo, C. M.; Lin, W. T.; Manly, S.; McLeod, D.; Michałowski, J.; Mignerey, A. C.; Nouicer, R.; Olszewski, A.; Pak, R.; Park, I. C.; Pernegger, H.; Reed, C.; Remsberg, L. P.; Reuter, M.; Roland, C.; Roland, G.; Rosenberg, L.; Sagerer, J.; Sarin, P.; Sawicki, P.; Skulski, W.; Steadman, S. G.; Steinberg, P.; Stephans, G. S. F.; Stodulski, M.; Sukhanov, A.; Tang, J.-L.; Teng, R.; Trzupek, A.; Vale, C.; van Nieuwenhuizen, G. J.; Verdier, R.; Wadsworth, B.; Wolfs, F. L. H.; Wosiek, B.; Woźniak, K.; Wuosmaa, A. H.; Wysłouch, B.; Phobos Collaboration
2003-04-01
The PHOBOS experiment at RHIC has measured the multiplicity of primary charged particles as a function of centrality and pseudorapidity in Au+Au collisions at √ SNN = 19.6, 130 and 200 GeV. Two kinds of universal behavior are observed in charged particle production in heavy ion collisions. The first is that forward particle production, over a range of energies, follows a universal limiting curve with a non-trivial centrality dependence. The second arises from comparisons with pp/ overlinepp and e +e - data. < Nch>/< Npart/2> in nuclear collisions at high energy scales with √ s in a similar way as Nch in e +e - collisions and has a very weak centrality dependence. This feature may be related to a reduction in the leading particle effect due to the multiple collisions suffered per participant in heavy ion collisions.
Heavy ion collisions and the pre-equilibrium exciton model
Betak, E.
2012-10-20
We present a feasible way to apply the pre-equilibrium exciton model in its masterequation formulation to heavy-ion induced reactions including spin variables. Emission of nucleons, {gamma}'s and also light clusters is included in our model.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Cao, Shanshan; Huang, Yajing; Qin, Guang-You; Bass, Steffen A.
2015-12-01
We study the effects of initial state fluctuations on the dynamical evolution of heavy quarks inside a quark-gluon plasma (QGP) created in relativistic heavy-ion collisions. The evolution of heavy quarks in QGP matter is described utilizing a modified Langevin equation that incorporates the contributions from both collisional and radiative energy loss. The spacetime evolution of the fireball medium is simulated with a (2 + 1)-dimensional viscous hydrodynamic model. We find that when the medium traversed by the heavy quark contains a fixed amount of energy, heavy quarks tend to lose more energy for greater fluctuations of the medium density. This may result in a larger suppression of heavy flavor observables in a fluctuating QGP matter than in a smooth one. The possibility of using hard probes to infer the information of initial states of heavy-ion collisions is discussed.
Formation of heavy-Rydberg ion-pair states in Rydberg atom collisions with attaching targets
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Wang, Changhao; Kelley, Michael; Buathong, Sitti; Dunning, F. Barry
2014-05-01
Electron transfer in collisions between K(np)Rydberg atoms and electron attaching molecules can lead to formation of heavy-Rydberg ion-pair states comprising a weakly-bound positive-negative ion pair orbiting at large internuclear separations. In the present work ion-pair states are created in a small collision cell and allowed to exit into an analysis region where their binding energy and velocity distributions are determined with the aid of electric-field-induced dissociation and a position sensitive detector. Ion pair production is analyzed using a Monte Carlo collision code that models both the initial Rydberg electron capture and the subsequent behavior of the product ion pair. The data demonstrate that collisions with SF6 and CCl4 lead to formation of long-lived ion pair states with a broad distribution of binding energies whose velocity distribution is strongly peaked in the forward direction. Research supported by the Robert A. Welch Foundation.
Heavy flavor in heavy-ion collisions at RHIC and RHIC II
Frawley, A D; Ullrich, T; Vogt, R
2008-03-30
In the initial years of operation, experiments at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) have identified a new form of matter formed in nuclei-nuclei collisions at energy densities more than 100 times that of a cold atomic nucleus. Measurements and comparison with relativistic hydrodynamic models indicate that the matter thermalizes in an unexpectedly short time, has an energy density at least 15 times larger than needed for color deconfinement, has a temperature about twice the critical temperature predicted by lattice QCD, and appears to exhibit collective motion with ideal hydrodynamic properties--a 'perfect liquid' that appears to flow with a near-zero viscosity to entropy ratio--lower than any previously observed fluid and perhaps close to a universal lower bound. However, a fundamental understanding of the medium seen in heavy-ion collisions at RHIC does not yet exist. The most important scientific challenge for the field in the next decade is the quantitative exploration of the new state of nuclear matter. That will require new data that will, in turn, require enhanced capabilities of the RHIC detectors and accelerator. In this report we discuss the scientific opportunities for an upgraded RHIC facility --RHIC II--in conjunction with improved capabilities of the two large RHIC detectors, PHENIX and STAR. We focus solely on heavy flavor probes. Their production rates are calculable using the well-established techniques of perturbative QCD and their sizable interactions with the hot QCD medium provide unique and sensitive measurements of its crucial properties making them one of the key diagnostic tools available to us.
Dynamics of strangeness production in heavy-ion collisions near threshold energies
Feng Zhaoqing; Jin Genming
2010-11-15
Within the framework of the improved isospin-dependent quantum molecular dynamics (ImIQMD) model, the dynamics of strangeness (K{sup 0,+}, {Lambda}, and {Sigma}{sup -,0,+}) production in heavy-ion collisions near threshold energies is investigated systematically, with the strange particles considered to be produced mainly by inelastic collisions of baryon-baryon and pion-baryon. Collisions in the region of suprasaturation densities of the dense baryonic matter formed in heavy-ion collisions dominate the yields of strangeness production. Total multiplicities as functions of incident energies and collision centralities are calculated with the Skyrme parameter SLy6. The excitation function of strangeness production is analyzed and also compared with the KaoS data for K{sup +} production in the reactions {sup 12}C+{sup 12}C and {sup 197}Au+{sup 197}Au.
Studying Heavy Ion Collisions Using Methods From Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) Analysis
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Gaardhøje, J. J.; Tabassam, H.
2014-04-01
We present and discuss a framework for studying the morphology of high-multiplicity events from relativistic heavy ion collisions using methods commonly employed in the analysis of the photons from the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). The analysis is based on the decomposition of the distribution of the number density of (charged) particles expressed in polar and azimuthal coordinates into a sum of spherical harmonic functions. We present an application of the method exploting relevant symmetries to the study of azimuthal correlations arizing from collective flow among charged particles produced in relativistic heavy ion collisions. We discuss perspectives for event-by- event analyses, which with increasing collision energy will eventually open entirely new dimensions in the study of ultrarelaticistic heavy ion reactions.
Proton/pion ratios and radial flow in pp and peripheral heavy ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Cuautle, E.; Paić, G.
2006-09-01
The production of baryon and mesons in the RHIC heavy-ion experiments has received a lot of attention lately. Although not widely known, the pp data measured concurrently with heavy ion collisions do not find a convincing explanation in terms of simple models. We present the results of an afterburner to Pythia and Hijing event generators, simulating radial flow which seems to qualitatively explain the experimental results when applied to the pp collision data from RHIC at 200 GeV center-of-mass energy.
Proton/pion ratios and radial flow in pp and peripheral heavy ion collisions
Cuautle, E.; Paic, G.
2006-09-25
The production of baryon and mesons in the RHIC heavy-ion experiments has received a lot of attention lately. Although not widely known, the pp data measured concurrently with heavy ion collisions do not find a convincing explanation in terms of simple models. We present the results of an afterburner to Pythia and Hijing event generators, simulating radial flow which seems to qualitatively explain the experimental results when applied to the pp collision data from RHIC at 200 GeV center-of-mass energy.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Dumitru, Adrian; Nara, Yasushi
2012-03-01
Multiplicity fluctuations at midrapidity in pp collisions at high energies are described by a negative binomial distribution and exhibit approximate Koba-Nielsen-Olesen (KNO) scaling. We find that these KNO fluctuations are important also for reproducing the multiplicity distribution in d+Au collisions observed at the Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collider (RHIC), adding to the Glauber fluctuations of the number of binary collisions or participants. We predict that the multiplicity distribution in p+Pb collisions at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) also deviates little from the KNO scaling function. Finally, we analyze various moments of the eccentricity of the collision zone in A+A collisions at RHIC and LHC and find that particle production fluctuations increase fluctuation dominated moments such as the triangularity ɛ3 substantially.
Hard Probes in High-Energy Heavy-Ion Collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Wang, X.
Hard QCD processes in ultrarelativistic heavy-ion collisionsbecome increasingly relevant and they can be used as probes of the dense matter formed during the violent scatterings. We will discuss how one can use these hard probes to study the properties of the dense matter and the associated phenomenologies. In particular, we study the effect of jet quenching due to medium-induced energy loss on inclusive particle pT distributions and investigate how one can improve the measurement of parton energy loss in direct photon events.
Forward electron production in heavy ion-atom and ion-solid collisions
Sellin, I.A.
1984-01-01
A sharp cusp in the velocity spectrum of electrons, ejected in ion-atom and ion-solid collisions, is observed when the ejected electron velocity vector v/sub e/ matches that of the emergent ion vector v/sub p/ in both speed and direction. In ion-atom collisions, the electrons originate from capture to low-lying, projectile-centered continuum states (ECC) for fast bare or nearly bare projectiles, and from loss to those low-lying continuum states (ELC) when loosely bound projectile electrons are available. Most investigators now agree that ECC cusps are strongly skewed toward lower velocities, and exhibit full widths half maxima roughly proportional to v/sub p/ (neglecting target-shell effects, which are sometimes strong). A close examination of recent ELC data shows that ELC cusps are instead nearly symmetric, with widths nearly independent on v/sub p/ in the velocity range 6 to 18 a.u., a result only recently predicted by theory. Convoy electron cusps produced in heavy ion-solid collisions at MeV/u energies exhibit approximately velocity-independent widths very similar to ELC cusp widths. While the shape of the convoy peaks is approximately independent of projectile Z, velocity, and of target material, it is found that the yields in polycrystalline targets exhibit a strong dependence on projectile Z and velocity. While attempts have been made to link convoy electron production to binary ECC or ELC processes, sometimes at the last layer, or alternatively to a solid-state wake-riding model, our measured dependences of cusp shape and yield on projectile charge state and energy are inconsistent with the predictions of available theories. 10 references, 8 figures, 1 table.
Linear and cubic response to the initial eccentricity in heavy-ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Noronha-Hostler, Jacquelyn; Yan, Li; Gardim, Fernando G.; Ollitrault, Jean-Yves
2016-01-01
We study the relation between elliptic flow, v2, and the initial eccentricity, ɛ2, in heavy-ion collisions, using hydrodynamic simulations. Significant deviations from linear eccentricity scaling are seen in more peripheral collisions. We identify the mechanism responsible for these deviations as a cubic response, which we argue is a generic property of the hydrodynamic response to the initial density profile. The cubic response increases elliptic flow fluctuations, thereby improving agreement of initial condition models with experimental data.
Excitation function Analysis for Charmonium Production in Heavy-Ion Collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zhou, Kai
2016-01-01
Both color screening and regeneration are hot medium effects on charmonium production in heavy ion collisions. While they affect in an opposite way the charmonium yield, their competition in transverse dynamics bring sensitivity to the ratio of averaged transverse momentum square for charmonium, which thus can reveal more nature of the QCD medium created from the collisions. We make an excitation analysis based on transport approach to illustrate such a picuture.
Anisotropy of low energy direct photons in relativistic heavy ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Koide, T.; Kodama, T.
2016-09-01
Using the Wigner function approach for electromagnetic radiation fields, we investigate the behavior of low energy photons radiated by the deceleration processes of two colliding nuclei in relativistic heavy ion collisions. The angular distribution reveals information of the initial geometric configurations, which is reflected in the anisotropic parameter v 2, with an increasing v 2 as energy decreases. This behavior is qualitatively different to the v 2 from the hadrons produced in the collisions.
An optical model description of momentum transfer in heavy ion collisions
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Khan, F.; Khandelwal, G. S.; Townsend, Lawrence W.; Wilson, J. W.; Norbury, John W.
1989-01-01
An optical model description of momentum transfer in relativistic heavy ion collisions, based upon composite particle multiple scattering theory, is presented. The imaginary component of the complex momentum transfer, which comes from the absorptive part of the optical potential, is identified as the longitudinal momentum downshift of the projectile. Predictions of fragment momentum distribution observables are made and compared with experimental data. Use of the model as a tool for estimating collision impact parameters is discussed.
Semiclassical approach to sequential fission in peripheral heavy-ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Strazzeri, Andrea; Italiano, Antonio
2016-05-01
A closed-form theoretical approach describing in a single picture both the evaporation component and the fast nonequilibrium component of the sequential fission of projectilelike fragments in a semiperipheral heavy-ion collision is derived and then applied to the dynamical fission observed in the 124Sn+64Ni semiperipheral collision at 35A MeV. Information on opposite polarization effects of the fissioning projectilelike fragments and on their "formation-to-fast fission lifetimes" are obtained.
Properties of hot and dense matter from relativistic heavy ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Braun-Munzinger, Peter; Koch, Volker; Schäfer, Thomas; Stachel, Johanna
2016-03-01
We review the progress achieved in extracting the properties of hot and dense matter from relativistic heavy ion collisions at the relativistic heavy ion collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory and the large hadron collider (LHC) at CERN. We focus on bulk properties of the medium, in particular the evidence for thermalization, aspects of the equation of state, transport properties, as well as fluctuations and correlations. We also discuss the in-medium properties of hadrons with light and heavy quarks, and measurements of dileptons and quarkonia. This review is dedicated to the memory of Gerald E. Brown.
Heavy-Rydberg ion-pair formation in collisions of Rydberg atoms with attaching targets
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Wang, Changhao; Kelley, Michael; Dunning, F. Barry
2012-06-01
Collisions between K(np) Rydberg atoms and electron attaching targets can lead to the creation of heavy-Rydberg ion-pair states comprising a weakly-bound positive-negative ion pair orbiting at large internuclear separations. The lifetimes of such states and their correlation with binding energy and the channels available for decay, which can be controlled by varying n, the Rydberg atom velocity, and the target species, are being investigated. The ion-pair states are produced in a small collision cell and allowed to exit to form a beam that passes between a pair of electrodes where their number and binding energy distribution is determined by electric field induced dissociation. Ion-pair production is analyzed with the aid of a Monte Carlo collision code that models both initial Rydberg electron capture and the subsequent evolution of the product ion pair. Research supported by the Robert A Welch Foundation.
Multi Module Modeling of Ultra-Relativistic Heavy Ion Collisions.
Magas, V. K.; Csernai, L. P.; Keranen, A.; Manninen, J.; Strottman, D. D.
2002-01-01
Multi Module Model is required for the realistic and detailed description of an ultrarelativistic heavy ion reaction. We are working in the framework of such a model: initial stages are described by Effective String Rope Model with expanding final streaks; hydrodynamical approach is used for the intermediate stages. This paper is mainly devoted to Third Module - the one dealing with Freeze Out (FO). Two possibilities are discussed in details: (A) freeze out at the constant time hypersurface, where the statistical production model is used to describe post FO particle species; and (B) simultaneous hadronization and freeze out from supercooled QGP. For the last case the ALCOR-like algorithm for calculation of the post FO particle species is presented, due to the fact that these do not have time to reach chemical equilibrium.
Jet and Leading Hadron Production in High-energy Heavy-ionCollisions
Wang, Xin-Nian
2005-11-01
Jet tomography has become a powerful tool for the study ofproperties of dense matter in high-energy heavy-ion collisions. I willdiscuss recent progresses in the phenomenological study of jet quenching,including momentum, colliding energy and nuclear size dependence ofsingle hadron suppression, modification of dihadron correlations and thesoft hadron distribution associatedwith a quenched jet.
Multiple-scattering model for inclusive proton production in heavy ion collisions
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Cucinotta, Francis A.
1994-01-01
A formalism is developed for evaluating the momentum distribution for proton production in nuclear abrasion during heavy ion collisions using the Glauber multiple-scattering series. Several models for the one-body density matrix of nuclei are considered for performing numerical calculations. Calculations for the momentum distribution of protons in abrasion are compared with experimental data for inclusive proton production.
Can Bose condensation of alpha particles be observed in heavy ion collisions?
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Tripathi, Ram K.; Townsend, Lawrence W.
1993-01-01
Using a fully self-consistent quantum statistical model, we demonstrate the possibility of Bose condensation of alpha particles with a concomitant phase transition in heavy ion collisions. Suggestions for the experimental observation of the signature of the onset of this phenomenon are made.
T.D. LEE: RELATIVISTIC HEAVY ION COLLISIONS AND THE RIKEN BROOKHAVEN CENTER.
MCLERRAN,L.; SAMIOS, N.
2006-11-24
This paper presents the history of Professor T. D. Lee's seminal work on the theory of relativistic heavy ion collisions, and the founding and development of the Riken Brookhaven Center. A number of anecdotes are given about Prof. Lee, and his strong positive effect on his colleagues, particularly young physicists.
Femto-vortex sheets and hyperon polarization in heavy-ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Baznat, Mircea; Gudima, Konstantin; Sorin, Alexander; Teryaev, Oleg
2016-03-01
We study the structure of vorticity and hydrodynamic helicity fields in peripheral heavy-ion collisions using the kinetic quark-gluon string model. The angular momentum conservation within this model holds with a good accuracy. We observe the formation of specific toroidal structures of vorticity field (vortex sheets). Their existence is mirrored in the polarization of hyperons of the percent order.
Wieman, H.H.; EOS Collaboration
1994-05-01
The EOS TPC was constructed for complete event measurement of heavy ion collisions at the Bevalac. We report here on the TPC design and some preliminary measurements of conserved event quantities such as total invariant mass, total momentum, total A and Z.
Predicting reaction observables from back-scattering measurements in low-energy heavy-ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Diaz-Torres, A.; Sargsyan, V. V.; Adamian, G. G.; Antonenko, N. V.; Gomes, P. R. S.; Lenske, H.
2016-01-01
A simplified, reliable and useful method, based on reaction theory, for calculating a number of integrated and differential cross sections in low-energy heavy-ion collisions is presented. Simplified formulae provide predictions of reaction, capture and elastic-scattering differential cross sections, using experimental information about elastic and quasi-elastic back-scattering excitation functions.
Emel'yanov, V.; Khodinov, A.; Klein, S.R.; Vogt, R.
1999-10-05
The effect of shadowing on the early state of ultrarelativistic heavy ion collisions is investigated along with transverse energy and hard process production, specifically Drell-Yan, J/psi, and Upsilon production. We choose several parton distributions and parameterizations of nuclear shadowing, as well as the spatial dependence of shadowing, to study the influence of shadowing on relevant observables. Results are presented for Au+Au collisions at sqrt(s{sub NN}) = 200 GeV and Pb+Pb collisions at sqrt(s{sub NN}) =5.5 TeV.
Pair production and electron capture in relativistic heavy-ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lee, R. J.; Mullan, J. V.; McCann, J. F.; Crothers, D. S.
2001-06-01
Results are presented for simulations of electron-positron pair production in relativistic heavy-ion collisions leading to electron capture and positron ejection. We apply a two-center relativistic continuum distorted-wave model to represent the electron or positron dynamics during the collision process. The results are compared with experimental cross-section data for La57+ and Au79+ impact on gold, silver, and copper targets. The theory is in good agreement with experiment for La57+ impact, verifying the result that the process increases in importance with both collision energy and target atomic number, and improves upon previous simulations of this process.
The rise and fall of the ridge in heavy ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Sorensen, P.; Bolliet, B.; Mócsy, Á.; Pandit, Y.; Pruthi, N.
2011-11-01
Recent data from heavy ion collisions at RHIC show unexpectedly large near-angle correlations that broaden longitudinally with increasing centrality. The amplitude of this ridge-like correlation rises rapidly, reaches a maximum, and then falls in the most central collisions. In this Letter we explain how this behavior can be uniquely explained by initial-state coordinate-space anisotropies converted into final-state momentum-space correlations. We propose vn2 / εn,part2 as a useful way to study length scales and provide a prediction for the ridge in Pb + Pb collisions at √{sNN} = 2.76 TeV.
Universality of the saturation scale and the initial eccentricity in heavy ion collisions
Lappi, T.; Venugopalan, R.
2006-11-15
Recent estimates that color glass condensate initial conditions may generate a larger initial eccentricity for noncentral relativistic heavy ion collisions (relative to the initial eccentricity assumed in earlier hydrodynamic calculations) have raised the possibility of a higher bound on the viscosity of the qark gluon plasma. We show that this large initial eccentricity results in part from a definition of the saturation scale as proportional to the number of nucleons participating in the collision. A saturation scale proportional to the nuclear thickness function (and therefore independent of the probe) leads to a smaller eccentricity, albeit still larger than the value used in hydrodynamic models. Our results suggest that the early elliptic flow in heavy ion collisions (unlike multiplicity distributions) is sensitive to the universality of the saturation scale in high-energy QCD.
Two components in charged particle production in heavy-ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bylinkin, A. A.; Chernyavskaya, N. S.; Rostovtsev, A. A.
2016-02-01
Transverse momentum spectra of charged particle production in heavy-ion collisions are considered in terms of a recently introduced Two Component parameterization combining exponential ("soft") and power-law ("hard") functional forms. The charged hadron densities calculated separately for them are plotted versus number of participating nucleons, Npart. The obtained dependences are discussed and the possible link between the two component parameterization introduced by the authors and the two component model historically used for the case of heavy-ion collisions is established. Next, the variations of the parameters of the introduced approach with the center of mass energy and centrality are studied using the available data from RHIC and LHC experiments. The spectra shapes are found to show universal dependences on Npart for all investigated collision energies.
Origins of the di-jet asymmetry in heavy-ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Milhano, José Guilherme; Zapp, Korinna Christine
2016-05-01
The di-jet asymmetry—the measure of the momentum imbalance in a di-jet system—is a key jet quenching observable. Using the event generator Jewel we show that the di-jet asymmetry is dominated by fluctuations both in proton-proton and in heavy-ion collisions. We discuss how in proton-proton collisions the asymmetry is generated through recoil and out-of-cone radiation. In heavy-ion collisions two additional sources can contribute to the asymmetry, namely energy loss fluctuations and differences in path length. The latter is shown to be a sub-leading effect. We discuss the implications of our results for the interpretation of this observable.
Physics perspectives of heavy-ion collisions at very high energy
Chang, Ning-bo; Cao, ShanShan; Chen, Bao-yi; Chen, Shi-yong; Chen, Zhen-yu; Ding, Heng-Tong; He, Min; Liu, Zhi-quan; Pang, Long-gang; Qin, Guang-you; et al
2016-01-15
We expect heavy-ion collisions at very high colliding energies to produce a quark-gluon plasma (QGP) at the highest temperature obtainable in a laboratory setting. Experimental studies of these reactions can provide an unprecedented range of information on properties of the QGP at high temperatures. We also report theoretical investigations of the physics perspectives of heavy-ion collisions at a future high-energy collider. These include initial parton production, collective expansion of the dense medium, jet quenching, heavy-quark transport, dissociation and regeneration of quarkonia, photon and dilepton production. Here, we illustrate the potential of future experimental studies of the initial particle production andmore » formation of QGP at the highest temperature to provide constraints on properties of strongly interaction matter.« less
Physics perspectives of heavy-ion collisions at very high energy
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Chang, Ning-bo; Cao, ShanShan; Chen, Bao-yi; Chen, Shi-yong; Chen, Zhen-yu; Ding, Heng-Tong; He, Min; Liu, Zhi-quan; Pang, Long-gang; Qin, Guang-you; Rapp, Ralf; Schenke, Björn; Shen, Chun; Song, HuiChao; Xu, Hao-jie; Wang, Qun; Wang, Xin-Nian; Zhang, Ben-wei; Zhang, Han-zhong; Zhu, XiangRong; Zhuang, Peng-fei
2016-02-01
Heavy-ion collisions at very high colliding energies are expected to produce a quark-gluon plasma (QGP) at the highest temperature obtainable in a laboratory setting. Experimental studies of these reactions can provide an unprecedented range of information on properties of the QGP at high temperatures. We report theoretical investigations of the physics perspectives of heavy-ion collisions at a future high-energy collider. These include initial parton production, collective expansion of the dense medium, jet quenching, heavy-quark transport, dissociation and regeneration of quarkonia, photon and dilepton production. We illustrate the potential of future experimental studies of the initial particle production and formation of QGP at the highest temperature to provide constraints on properties of strongly interaction matter.
Origin of transverse momentum in relativistic heavy-ion collisions: Microscopic study
Blaettel, B.; Koch, V.; Lang, A.; Weber, K.; Cassing, W.; Mosel, U. )
1991-06-01
We study the origin of the transverse momentum distribution in heavy-ion collisions within a relativistic transport approach. To achieve a better understanding of the reaction dynamics, we decompose the total {ital p}{sub {ital t}} distribution into a mean-field, {ital N}-{ital N} collision, and Fermi-momentum part. We find that the origin of the transverse momentum strongly depends on the rapidity region. Our investigation of the impact-parameter and mass dependence suggests that peripheral collisions may be useful to investigate the momentum dependence of the mean-field in the nucleus-nucleus case, whereas the mass dependence could give hints about the {ital N}-{ital N}-collision part. Only after these two issues are settled it may be possible to extract information about the density dependence in central collisions, which may, however, necessitate reactions at even higher energies than the 800 MeV/nucleon considered in this work.
Bound-free electron-positron pair production in relativistic heavy-ion collisions
Senguel, M. Y.; Gueclue, M. C.; Fritzsche, S.
2009-10-15
The bound-free electron-positron pair production is considered for relativistic heavy ion collisions. In particular, cross sections are calculated for the pair production with the simultaneous capture of the electron into the 1s ground state of one of the ions and for energies that are relevant for the relativistic heavy ion collider and the large hadron colliders. In the framework of perturbation theory, we applied Monte Carlo integration techniques to compute the lowest-order Feynman diagrams amplitudes by using Darwin wave functions for the bound states of the electrons and Sommerfeld-Maue wave functions for the continuum states of the positrons. Calculations were performed especially for the collision of Au+Au at 100 GeV/nucleon and Pb+Pb at 3400 GeV/nucleon.
Searching for squeezed particle-antiparticle correlations in high-energy heavy-ion collisions
Padula, Sandra S.; Socolowski, O. Jr.
2010-09-15
Squeezed correlations of particle-antiparticle pairs were predicted to exist if the hadron masses were modified in the hot and dense medium formed in high-energy heavy-ion collisions. Although well-established theoretically, they have not yet been observed experimentally. We suggest here a clear method to search for such a signal by analyzing the squeezed correlation functions in terms of measurable quantities. We illustrate this suggestion for simulated {phi}{phi} pairs at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) energies.
Harmonic well matter densities and Pauli correlation effects in heavy-ion collisions
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Townsend, L. W.
1982-01-01
A generalized optical model heavy ion reaction theory is extended to include correlation effects between projectile and target constituents according to the Pauli exclusion principle. These correlation effects are significant for accurately predicting cross sections for projectile nucleus abrasions, but are relatively unimportant for determining total and absorption cross sections for heavy ion collisions. For lighter nuclei, predictive capabilities were also improved by developing an analytic method for extracting their nuclear single particle density distributions from experimentally measured harmonic well charge density distributions. This improved theory is compared with previous theoretical predictions and recent experimental results.
Multiple nucleon knockout by Coulomb dissociation in relativistic heavy-ion collisions
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Cucinotta, Francis A.; Norbury, John W.; Townsend, Lawrence W.
1988-01-01
The Coulomb dissociation contributions to fragmentation cross sections in relativistic heavy ion collisions, where more than one nucleon is removed, are estimated using the Weizsacker-Williams method of virtual quanta. Photonuclear cross sections taken from experimental results were used to fold into target photon number spectra calculated with the Weizsacker-Williams method. Calculations for several projectile target combinations over a wide range of charge numbers, and a wide range of incident projectile energies, are reported. These results suggest that multiple nucleon knockout by the Coulomb field may be of negligible importance in galactic heavy ion studies for projectiles lighter than Fe-56.
UNIVERSAL BEHAVIOR OF CHARGED PARTICLE PRODUCTION IN HEAVY ION COLLISIONS AT RHIC ENERGIES.
STEINBERG,P.A.; FOR THE PHOBOS COLLABORATION
2002-07-24
The PHOBOS experiment at RHIC has measured the multiplicity of primary charged particles as a function of centrality and pseudorapidity in Au+Au collisions at {radical}(s{sub NN}) = 19.6, 130 and 200 GeV. Two observations indicate universal behavior of charged particle production in heavy ion collisions. The first is that forward particle production, over a range of energies, follows a universal limiting curve with a non-trivial centrality dependence. The second arises from comparisons with pp/{bar p}p and e{sup +}e{sup -} data.
UNIVERSAL BEHAVIOR OF CHARGED PARTICLE PRODUCTION IN HEAVY ION COLLISIONS AT RHIC ENERGIES.
STEINBERG,P.A.FOR THE PHOBOS COLLABORATION
2002-07-18
The PHOBOS experiment at RHIC has measured the multiplicity of primary charged particles as a function of centrality and pseudorapidity in Au+Au collisions at {radical}(s{sub NN}) = 19.6, 130 and 200 GeV. Two kinds of universal behavior are observed in charged particle production in heavy ion collisions. The first is that forward particle production, over a range of energies, follows a universal limiting curve with a non-trivial centrality dependence. The second arises from comparisons with pp/{bar p}p and e{sup +}e{sup -} data.
UNIVERSAL BEHAVIOR OF CHARGED PARTICLE PRODUCTION IN HEAVY ION COLLISIONS AT RHIC ENERGIES.
STEINBERG,P.A.; FOR THE PHOBOS COLLABORATION
2002-07-18
The PHOBOS experiment at RHIC has measured the multiplicity of primary charged particles as a function of centrality and pseudorapidity in Au+Au collisions at {radical}(s{sub NN}) = 19.6, 130 and 200 GeV. Two observations indicate universal behavior of charged particle production in heavy ion collisions. The first is that forward particle production, over a range of energies, follows a universal limiting curve with a non-trivial centrality dependence. The second arises from comparisons with pp/{bar p}p and e{sup +}e{sup -} data.
Reaction-diffusion equation for quark-hadron transition in heavy-ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bagchi, Partha; Das, Arpan; Sengupta, Srikumar; Srivastava, Ajit M.
2015-09-01
Reaction-diffusion equations with suitable boundary conditions have special propagating solutions which very closely resemble the moving interfaces in a first-order transition. We show that the dynamics of the chiral order parameter for the chiral symmetry breaking transition in heavy-ion collisions, with dissipative dynamics, is governed by one such equation; specifically, the Newell-Whitehead equation. Furthermore, required boundary conditions are automatically satisfied due to the geometry of the collision. The chiral transition is, therefore, completed by a propagating interface, exactly as for a first-order transition, even though the transition actually is a crossover for relativistic heavy-ion collisions. The same thing also happens when we consider the initial confinement-deconfinement transition with the Polyakov loop order parameter. The resulting equation, again with dissipative dynamics, can then be identified with the reaction-diffusion equation known as the FitzHugh-Nagumo equation which is used in population genetics. Observational constraints imply that the entire phase conversion cannot be achieved by such slow moving fronts, and some alternate faster dynamics needs also to be invoked; for example, involving fluctuations. We discuss the implications of these results for heavy-ion collisions. We also discuss possible extensions for the case of the early universe.
Collective effects in light-heavy ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Schenke, Björn; Venugopalan, Raju
2014-11-01
We present results for the azimuthal anisotropy of charged hadron distributions in A+A, p+A, d+A, and 3He+A collisions within the IP-Glasma+MUSIC model. Obtained anisotropies are due to the fluid dynamic response of the system to the fluctuating initial geometry of the interaction region. While the elliptic and triangular anisotropies in peripheral Pb+Pb collisions at √{ s} = 2.76 TeV are well described by the model, the same quantities in √{ s} = 5.02 TeV p+Pb collisions underestimate the experimental data. This disagreement can be due to neglected initial state correlations or the lack of a detailed description of the fluctuating spatial structure of the proton, or both. We further present predictions for azimuthal anisotropies in p+Au, d+Au, and 3He+Au collisions at √{ s} = 200 GeV. For d+Au and 3He+Au collisions we expect the detailed substructure of the nucleon to become less important.
Rapid hydrodynamic expansion in relativistic heavy-ion collisions
Bozek, Piotr; Wyskiel, Iwona
2009-04-15
Hydrodynamic expansion of the hot fireball created in relativistic Au-Au collisions at {radical}(s)=200 GeV in 3+1-dimensions is studied. We obtain a simultaneous, satisfactory description of the transverse momentum spectra, elliptic flow, and pion correlation radii for different collision centralities and different rapidities. Early initial time of the evolution is required to reproduce the interferometry data, which provide a strong indication of the early onset of collectivity. We can also constrain the shape of the initial energy density in the beam direction, with a relatively high initial energy density at the center of the fireball.
Enhancement of low-mass dileptons in heavy ion collisions
Li, G.Q.; Ko, C.M.; Brown, G.E. |
1995-11-27
Using a relativistic transport model for the expansion stage of S+Au collisions at 200 GeV/nucleon, we show that the recently observed enhancement of low-mass dileptons by the CERES Collaboration can be explained by the decrease of vector meson masses in hot and dense hadronic matter. {copyright} {ital 1995} {ital The} {ital American} {ital Physical} {ital Society}.
Elliptic Flow, Initial Eccentricity and Elliptic Flow Fluctuations in Heavy Ion Collisions at RHIC
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Nouicer, Rachid; Alver, B.; Back, B. B.; Baker, M. D.; Ballintijn, M.; Barton, D. S.; Betts, R. R.; Bickley, A. A.; Bindel, R.; Busza, W.; Carroll, A.; Chai, Z.; Decowski, M. P.; García, E.; Gburek, T.; George, N.; Gulbrandsen, K.; Halliwell, C.; Hamblen, J.; Hauer, M.; Henderson, C.; Hofman, D. J.; Hollis, R. S.; Holzman, B.; Iordanova, A.; Kane, J. L.; Khan, N.; Kulinich, P.; Kuo, C. M.; Li, W.; Lin, W. T.; Loizides, C.; Manly, S.; Mignerey, A. C.; Nouicer, R.; Olszewski, A.; Pak, R.; Reed, C.; Roland, C.; Roland, G.; Sagerer, J.; Seals, H.; Sedykh, I.; Smith, C. E.; Stankiewicz, M. A.; Steinberg, P.; Stephans, G. S. F.; Sukhanov, A.; Tonjes, M. B.; Trzupek, A.; Vale, C.; van Nieuwenhuizen, G. J.; Vaurynovich, S. S.; Verdier, R.; Veres, G. I.; Walters, P.; Wenger, E.; Wolfs, F. L. H.; Wosiek, B.; Woźniak, K.; Wysłouch, B.
2008-12-01
We present measurements of elliptic flow and event-by-event fluctuations established by the PHOBOS experiment. Elliptic flow scaled by participant eccentricity is found to be similar for both systems when collisions with the same number of participants or the same particle area density are compared. The agreement of elliptic flow between Au+Au and Cu+Cu collisions provides evidence that the matter is created in the initial stage of relativistic heavy ion collisions with transverse granularity similar to that of the participant nucleons. The event-by-event fluctuation results reveal that the initial collision geometry is translated into the final state azimuthal particle distribution, leading to an event-by-event proportionality between the observed elliptic flow and initial eccentricity.
Energy losses of fast heavy multiply charged structural ions in collisions with complex atoms
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Matveev, V. I.; Sidorov, D. B.
2007-07-01
A nonperturbatve theory of energy losses of fast heavy multiply charged structural ions in collisions with neutral complex atoms is elaborated with allowance for simultaneous excitations of ionic and atomic electron shells. Formulas for the effective deceleration that are similar to the well-known Bethe-Bloch formulas are derived. By way of example, the energy lost by partially stripped U q+ ions (10 ≤ q ≤ 70) colliding with argon atoms and also the energy lost by Au, Pb, and Bi ions colliding with various targets are calculated. The results of calculation are compared with experimental data.
Can induced theta vacua be created in heavy-Ion collisions?
Buckley; Fugleberg; Zhitnitsky
2000-05-22
We discuss a phenomenon important to the development of the early Universe which may be experimentally testable in heavy-ion collisions. An arbitrary induced straight theta vacuum state should be created in heavy-ion collisions, similar to the creation of the disoriented chiral condensate. It should be a large domain with a wrong straight theta(ind) not equal0 orientation which will mimic the physics of the early Universe when it is believed that the fundamental parameter straight theta(fund) not equal0. We test this idea numerically in a simple model where we study the evolution of the phases of the chiral condensates in QCD with two quark flavors with nonzero straight theta(ind) parameter. We see the formation of a nonzero straight theta(ind) vacuum on a time scale of 10(-23) s. PMID:10990805
Using Data to Determine the Initial Conditions in Heavy Ion Collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Soltz, Ron; Garishvili, Irakli; Abelev, Betty
2012-10-01
We have developed a framework, the Comprehensive Heavy Ion Model Evaluation Reporting Algorithm (CHIMERA) to determine the optimal model and initial conditions of heavy ion collisions by comparing to data from a variety of observables. We have used this framework to study simple participant and binary collisions scaling in the presence of pre-equilibrium flow in the context of the VH2 2D+1 viscous hydrodynamic model with UrQMD afterburner for data from RHIC. We have also used this framework to explore the significance of variations in the equation of state. We have recently begun to apply this framework to a new hydro-solver tools known as CHOMBO, which incorporates adaptive mesh refinement techniques that are well suited to the study of initial state fluctuations. We will review results from using CHIMERA with VH2, and discuss future plans for using CHOMBO to study initial state fluctuations.
Probing the nuclear equation-of-state and the symmetry energy with heavy-ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Verde, Giuseppe
2014-03-01
The present status of studies aimed at constraining the nuclear equation of state with heavy-ion collision dynamics is presented. Multifragmentation phenomena, including their isotopic distributions, charge correlations and emission time-scales, may revel the existence of liquid-gas transitions in the phase diagram. Exploring the isotopic degree of freedom in nuclear dynamics is then required in order to constrain the equation of state of asymmetric nuclear matter which presently represents a major priority due to its relevance to both nuclear physics and astrophysics. Some observables that have successfully constrained the density dependence of the symmetry energy are presented, such as neutron-proton yield ratios and isospin diffusion and drift phenomena. The reported results and status of the art is discussed by also considering some of the present problems and some future perspectives for the heavy-ion collision community.
A particle-hole calculation for pion production in relativistic heavy-ion collisions
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Norbury, J. W.; Deutchman, P. A.; Townsend, L. W.
1985-01-01
A differential cross section for pi-meson production in peripheral heavy-ion collisions is formulated within the context of a particle-hole model in the Tamm-Dancoff approximation. This is the first attempt at a fully quantum-mechanical particle-hole calculation for pion production in relativistic heavy-ion collisions. The particular reaction studied is an O-16 projectile colliding with a C-12 target at rest. In the projectile a linear combination of isobar-hole states is formed, with the possibility of a coherent isobar giant resonance. The target can be excited to its giant M1 resonance (J-pi = 1(+), T = 1) at 15.11 MeV, or to its isobar analog neighbors, B-12 at 13.4 MeV and N-12 at 17.5 MeV. The theory is compared to recent experimental results.
Heavy Ion Collisions and Tests of the Supernova Equation of State
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Hagel, K.; Hempel, M.; Natowitz, J. B.; Röpke, G.; Typel, S.; Wuenschel, S.; Wada, R.; Barbui, M.; Schmidt, K.
2015-10-01
Understanding the evolution of core-collapse supernovae and the properties of the neutrinosphere requires systematic information on the properties of nuclear matter at a wide range of densities and temperatures. Central collisions in heavy ion reactions at intermediate energies produce nuclear matter on a microscopic scale that has a wide range of density and temperature and thus provide the possibility of probing conditions similar to those of core-collapse supernovae. Hot early reaction stage sources in violent collisions of heavy ion reactions, denoted as femtonovae, are identified and analyzed in the context of a coalescence model. The analysis yields various quantities indicate that temperature and density similar to those near the neutrinosphere are achieved. These results from these analyses are compared to the results of various supernovae simulations and thus provide insight into the supernova equation of state and thus indicate which ingredients in the simulations are important.
Initial energy density and gluon distribution from the glasma in heavy-ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Fujii, Hirotsugu; Fukushima, Kenji; Hidaka, Yoshimasa
2009-02-01
We estimate the energy density and the gluon distribution associated with the classical fields describing the early-time dynamics of heavy-ion collisions. In the McLerran-Venugopalan model, we first decompose the energy density into the momentum components exactly, with the use of the Wilson line correlators. Then we evolve the energy density with the free-field equation, which is justified by the dominance of the ultraviolet modes near the collision point. We also discuss the improvement that occurs with the inclusion of nonlinear terms into the time evolution. Our numerical results at RHIC energy are fairly consistent with the empirical values.
Initial energy density and gluon distribution from the glasma in heavy-ion collisions
Fujii, Hirotsugu; Fukushima, Kenji; Hidaka, Yoshimasa
2009-02-15
We estimate the energy density and the gluon distribution associated with the classical fields describing the early-time dynamics of heavy-ion collisions. In the McLerran-Venugopalan model, we first decompose the energy density into the momentum components exactly, with the use of the Wilson line correlators. Then we evolve the energy density with the free-field equation, which is justified by the dominance of the ultraviolet modes near the collision point. We also discuss the improvement that occurs with the inclusion of nonlinear terms into the time evolution. Our numerical results at RHIC energy are fairly consistent with the empirical values.
Particle Identification in the Dynamical String-Parton Model of Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Malov, D. E.; Umar, A. S.; Ernst, D. J.; Dean, D. J.
The dynamical string-parton model for relativistic heavy-ion collisions is generalized to include particle identification of the final-state hadrons by phenomenologically quantizing the masses of the classical strings which result from string breaking. General features of the Nambu-Gotō strings are used to motivate a model that identifies a mass window near the physical mass of a meson, and does not allow the string to decay further if its mass falls within the window. Data from e+e- collisions in the region √ {s} =10 to 30 GeV are well reproduced by this model.
Bremsstrahlung production of low mass dielectrons in relativistic heavy ion collisions
Pal, D.; Srivastava, D.K.
1996-09-01
The distribution of low mass dielectrons likely to be produced in relativistic heavy ion collisions due to bremsstrahlung processes in quark matter and hadronic matter is obtained. Effort is made to minimize uncertainty and restore Lorentz covariance as compared with past calculations performed in a similar vein. It is found that the excess of dielectrons in S+Au collisions at 200{ital A}GeV measured by the CERES Collaboration at the CERN Super Proton Synchrotron may have an important contribution from these processes at very low masses. {copyright}{ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}
Using heavy-ion collisions to elucidate the asymmetric equation-of-state
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Yennello, Sherry; McIntosh, Alan
2016-06-01
The nuclear equation-of-state impacts a number of nuclear properties as well as astrophysical processes. The asymmetric term of the equation-of-state, which describes the behavior away from N=Z, has significant uncertainty. Giant resonances and nuclear masses can elucidate the asymmetry energy for cold normal-density nuclei. Heavy-ion collisions can be used to probe nuclear matter at higher temperatures and densities away from saturation density. The temperatures that are attained in these nuclear collisions are predicted to depend on the isospin asymmetry. In this work we present evidence of the asymmetry dependence of the nuclear caloric curve.
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Khandelwal, Govind S.; Khan, Ferdous
1989-01-01
An optical model description of energy and momentum transfer in relativistic heavy-ion collisions, based upon composite particle multiple scattering theory, is presented. Transverse and longitudinal momentum transfers to the projectile are shown to arise from the real and absorptive part of the optical potential, respectively. Comparisons of fragment momentum distribution observables with experiments are made and trends outlined based on our knowledge of the underlying nucleon-nucleon interaction. Corrections to the above calculations are discussed. Finally, use of the model as a tool for estimating collision impact parameters is indicated.
Overview of quarkonium production in heavy-ion collisions at LHC
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Hong, Byungsik
2016-07-01
Quarkonium has been regarded as one of the golden probes to identify the phase transition from confined hadronic matter to the deconfined quark-gluon plasma (QGP) in heavy-ion collisions. Recent data on the yields and momentum distributions of J/ψ and ϒ families in pp, pPb, and PbPb collisions at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) are reviewed. The possible implications related to the propagation of quarkonia in the deconfined hot, dense matter and the modified parton distribution function (PDF) in cold nuclei are also discussed.
A Cone Jet-Finding Algorithm for Heavy Ion Collisions at LHC Energies
Blyth, S; Horner, M J; Awes, T; Cormier, T; Gray, H; Klay, J L; Klein, S R; van Leeuwen, M; Morsch, A; Odyniec, G; Pavlinov, A
2006-09-15
Standard jet finding techniques used in elementary particle collisions have not been successful in the high track density of heavy-ion collisions. This paper describes a modified cone-type jet finding algorithm developed for the complex environment of heavy-ion collisions. The primary modification to the algorithm is the evaluation and subtraction of the large background energy, arising from uncorrelated soft hadrons, in each collision. A detailed analysis of the background energy and its event-by-event fluctuations has been performed on simulated data, and a method developed to estimate the background energy inside the jet cone from the measured energy outside the cone on an event-by-event basis. The algorithm has been tested using Monte-Carlo simulations of Pb+Pb collisions at {radical}s = 5.5 TeV for the ALICE detector at the LHC. The algorithm can reconstruct jets with a transverse energy of 50 GeV and above with an energy resolution of {approx} 30%.
A Cone Jet-Finding Algorithm for Heavy-Ion Collisions at LHCEnergies
Blyth, S.-L.; Horner, M.J.; Awes, T.C.; Cormier, T.; Gray, H.M.; Klay, J.L.; Klein, S.R.; van Leeuwen, M.; Morsch, A.; Odyniec, G.; Pavlinov, A.
2006-07-27
Standard jet finding techniques used in elementary particle collisions have not been successful in the high track density of heavy-ion collisions. This paper describes a modified cone-type jet finding algorithm developed for the complex environment of heavy-ion collisions. The primary modification to the algorithm is the evaluation and subtraction of the large background energy, arising from uncorrelated soft hadrons, in each collision. A detailed analysis of the background energy and its event-by-event fluctuations has been performed on simulated data, and a method developed to estimate the background energy inside the jet cone from the measured energy outside the cone on an event-by-event basis. The algorithm has been tested using Monte-Carlo simulations of Pb+Pb collisions at {radical}s = 5.5 TeV for the ALICE detector at the LHC. The algorithm can reconstruct jets with a transverse energy of 50 GeV and above with an energy resolution of {approx} 30%.
Estimate of the single diffractive heavy quark production in heavy ion collisions at the CERN LHC
Gay Ducati, M. B.; Machado, M. M.; Machado, M. V. T.
2010-03-01
The single diffractive cross section for heavy quarks production is calculated at next-to-leading order (for nucleus-nucleus collisions. Such processes are expected to occur at the LHC, where the nuclei involved are lead at {radical}(s)=5.5 TeV and calcium at {radical}(s)=6.3 TeV. We start using the hard diffractive factorization formalism, taking into account a recent experimental parametrization for the Pomeron structure function (DPDF). Absorptive corrections are accounted for by the multiple Pomeron contributions considering a gap survival probability, where its theoretical uncertainty for nuclear collisions is discussed. We estimate the diffractive ratios for the single diffraction process in nuclear coherent/incoherent collisions at the LHC.
Viscous Flow in Heavy-Ion Collisions from RHIC to LHC
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Shen, Chun; Heinz, Ulrich
2013-05-01
We present a systematic hydrodynamic study of the evolution of hadron spectra and their azimuthal anisotropy from the lowest collision energy studied at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), s=7.7A GeV, to the highest energy reachable at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), s=5500A GeV [C. Shen and U. Heinz, Phys. Rev. C 85, 054902 (2012) [arXiv:1202.6620 [nucl-th
Central collisions of heavy ions. Progress report, October 1, 1991--September 31, 1992
Fung, Sun-yiu
1992-10-01
This report describes the activities of the Heavy Ion Physics Group at the University of California, Riverside from October 1, 1991 to September 30, 1992. During this period, the program focused on particle production at AGS energies, and correlation studies at the Bevalac in nucleus-nucleus central collisions. As part of the PHENIX collaboration, contributions were made to the Preliminary Conceptual Design Report (pCDR), and work on a RHIC silicon microstrip detector R&D project was performed.
Eccentricity fluctuations from the color glass condensate in ultrarelativistic heavy ion collisions
Drescher, Hans-Joachim; Nara, Yasushi
2007-10-15
In this Rapid Communication, we determine the fluctuations of the initial eccentricity in heavy-ion collisions caused by fluctuations of the nucleon configurations. This is done via a Monte Carlo implementation of a color glass condensate k{sub t}-factorization approach. The eccentricity fluctuations are found to nearly saturate elliptic flow fluctuations measured recently at RHIC. Extrapolations to LHC energies are shown.
FOREWORD: International Conference on Heavy Ion Collisions in the LHC Era
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Arleo, Francois; Salgado, Carlos A.; Tran Thanh Van, Jean
2013-03-01
The International Conference on Heavy Ion Collisions in the LHC Era was held in Quy Nhon, Vietnam, on 16-20 July 2012. The series Rencontres du Vietnam, created by Jean Tran Thanh Van in 1993, consists of international meetings aimed to stimulate the development of advanced research in Vietnam and more generally in South East Asia, and to establish collaborative research networks with Western scientific communities. This conference, as the whole series, also supports the International Center for Interdisciplinary Science Education being built in Quy Nhon. The articles published in this volume present the latest results from the heavy-ion collision programs of RHIC and LHC as well as the corresponding theoretical interpretation and future perspectives. Lower energy nuclear programs were also reviewed, providing a rather complete picture of the state-of-the-art in the field. We wish to thank the sponsors of the Conference on Heavy Ion Collisions in the LHC Era: the European Research Council; Xunta de Galicia (Spain); EMMI (Germany) and Agence Nationale de la Recherche (France) François Arleo (Laboratoire d'Annecy-le-Vieux de Physique Théorique, France) Francois Arleo, Carlos A Salgado and Jean Tran Thanh Van Conference photograph
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Basu, Sumit; Nayak, Tapan K.; Datta, Kaustuv
2016-06-01
Heavy-ion collisions at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN probe matter at extreme conditions of temperature and energy density. Most of the global properties of the collisions can be extracted from the measurements of charged-particle multiplicity and pseudorapidity (η ) distributions. We have shown that the available experimental data on beam energy and centrality dependence of η distributions in heavy-ion (Au +Au or Pb +Pb ) collisions from √{sNN}=7.7 GeV to 2.76 TeV are reasonably well described by the AMPT model, which is used for further exploration. The nature of the η distributions has been described by a double Gaussian function using a set of fit parameters, which exhibit a regular pattern as a function of beam energy. By extrapolating the parameters to a higher energy of √{sNN}=5.02 TeV, we have obtained the charged-particle multiplicity densities, η distributions, and energy densities for various centralities. Incidentally, these results match well with some of the recently published data by the ALICE Collaboration.
Production of light nuclei in relativistic heavy-ion collisions
Barrette, J.; Bellwied, R.; Braun-Munzinger, P.; Cleland, W.E.; Cormier, T.M.; David, G.; Dee, J.; Diebold, G.E.; Dietzsch, O.; Germani, J.V.; Gilbert, S.; Greene, S.V.; Hall, J.R.; Hemmick, T.K.; Herrmann, N.; Hong, B.; Jayananda, K.; Kraus, D.; Kumar, B.S.; Lacasse, R.; Lissauer, D.; Llope, W.J.; Ludlam, T.W.; McCorkle, S.; Majka, R.; Mark, S.K.; Mitchell, J.T.; Muthuswamy, M.; O'Brien, E.; Pruneau, C.; Rotondo, F.S.; Sandweiss, J.; daSilva, N.C.; Sonnadara, U.; Stachel, J.; Takai, H.; Takagui, E.M.; Throwe, T.G.; Wolfe, D.; Woody, C.L.; Xu, N.; Zhang, Y.; Zhang, Z.; Zou, C. Gesellschaft fuer Schwerionenforschung, Darmstadt McGill University, Montreal, Canada H3A University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260 State University of New York, Stony Brook, New York 11794 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131 University of Sa
1994-08-01
We have measured cross sections for the synthesis of nuclei of mass [ital A][le]4 in collisions of 14.6[ital A] GeV/[ital c] [sup 28]Si nuclei with targets of Pb, Cu, and Al. The data are measured at close to center-of-mass rapidities, and are unique in their exploration of the centrality dependence of nucleosynthesis. Simple coalescence models that were used to study nucleosynthesis at lower energies are inadequate for the description of our measurements. Our data and improved models are used to extract parameters related to the size of the interaction volume at freeze-out.
Probing effective nucleon masses with heavy-ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Coupland, D. D. S.; Youngs, M.; Chajecki, Z.; Lynch, W. G.; Tsang, M. B.; Zhang, Y. X.; Famiano, M. A.; Ghosh, T. K.; Giacherio, B.; Kilburn, M. A.; Lee, Jenny; Liu, H.; Lu, F.; Morfouace, P.; Russotto, P.; Sanetullaev, A.; Showalter, R. H.; Verde, G.; Winkelbauer, J.
2016-07-01
It has been generally accepted that momentum-dependent potentials for neutrons and protons at energies well away from the Fermi surface cause both to behave as if their inertial masses are effectively 70% of the vacuum values. This similarity in effective masses may no longer hold in dense neutron-rich regions within neutron stars, core-collapse supernovas, and nuclear collisions. There differences in the momentum-dependent symmetry potentials may cause neutron and proton effective masses to differ significantly. We investigate this effect by measuring the energy spectra of neutrons, protons, and charged particles emitted in 112Sn+112Sn and 124Sn+124Sn collisions at Ebeam/A =50 and 120 MeV with precision sufficient to distinguish, in principle, between effective interactions with very different values of the neutron and proton effective masses. These data and model comparisons point the way towards future advances in our capabilities to understand the density and momentum dependence of the nuclear symmetry energy.
Overview of the hypernuclear production in heavy-ion collision experiments
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Rappold, Christophe
2016-01-01
In the last decade, heavy-ion collision experiments have brought new insight to the study of hypernucleus. Experiments using ion induced reactions for hypernuclear research focus on two distinct aspects: the spectroscopy and probing the nuclear reaction. In the case of the experimental spectroscopy, the internal structure of hypernuclei is investigated in order to determine the baryon-baryon interaction in the strangeness sector for the hyper-matter equation of state. The dynamical aspect of the nucleus-nucleus reaction can also be explored by studying the production of hypernuclei. The experimental observations of the production mechanisms responsible for the formation of the hypernuclei in ion collisions will be presented. Depending of the center-of-mass energy and the type of experiment, fixed target or collider, hypernuclei can be produced in the mid-rapidity and/or in the spectator regions. The experimental results from both cases will be presented and discussed.
Deformed flux tubes produce azimuthal anisotropy in heavy ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Pirner, H. J.; Reygers, K.; Kopeliovich, B. Z.
2016-03-01
We investigate the azimuthal anisotropy v2 of particle production in nucleus-nucleus collisions in the maximum entropy approach. This necessitates two new phenomenological input parameters δ and λ2 compared with integrated multiplicity distributions. The parameter δ describes the deformation of a flux tube and can be theoretically calculated in a bag model with a bag constant which depends on the density of surrounding flux tubes. The parameter λ2 defines the anisotropy of the particle distribution in momentum space and can be connected to δ via the uncertainty relation. In this framework we compute the anisotropy v2 as a function of centrality, transverse momentum, and rapidity in qualitative agreement with Large Hadron Collider data.
Disappearance of the Mach cone in heavy-ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Nattrass, Christine; Sharma, Natasha; Mazer, Joel; Stuart, Meghan; Bejnood, Aram
2016-07-01
We present an analysis of dihadron correlations using recently developed methods for background subtraction which allow for higher precision measurements with fewer assumptions about the background. These studies indicate that low momentum jets interacting with the medium do not equilibrate with the medium but rather that interactions with the medium lead to more subtle increases in their widths and fragmentation functions, consistent with observations from studies of higher momentum fully reconstructed jets. The away-side shape is not consistent with a Mach cone. The qualitatively different conclusions reached with a more careful consideration of the background subtraction call into question the complete suppression of jets in central collisions observed in earlier studies, indicating that this is also an artifact of the background subtraction.
Polarization probes of vorticity in heavy ion collisions
Betz, Barbara; Gyulassy, Miklos; Torrieri, Giorgio
2007-10-15
We discuss the information that can be deduced from a measurement of hadron (hyperon or vector meson) polarization in ultrarelativistic nuclear collisions. We describe the sensitivity of polarization to initial conditions, hydrodynamic evolution, and mean free path and find that the polarization observable is sensitive to all details and stages of the system's evolution. We suggest that an experimental investigation covering production plane and reaction plane polarizations, as well as the polarization of jet-associated particles in the plane defined by the jet and particle direction, can help in disentangling the factors contributing to this observable. Scans of polarization in energy and rapidity might also point to a change in the system's properties.
Final Report for Project ``Theory of ultra-relativistic heavy-ion collisions''
Ulrich W. Heinz
2012-11-09
In the course of this project the Ohio State University group led by the PI, Professor Ulrich Heinz, developed a comprehensive theoretical picture of the dynamical evolution of ultra-relativistic heavy-ion collisions and of the numerous experimental observables that can be used to diagnose the evolving and short-lived hot and dense fireball created in such collisions. Starting from a qualitative understanding of the main features based on earlier research during the last decade of the twentieth century on collisions at lower energies, the group exploited newly developed theoretical tools and the stream of new high-quality data from the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory (which started operations in the summer of the year 2000) to arrive at an increasingly quantitative description of the experimentally observed phenomena. Work done at Ohio State University (OSU) was instrumental in the discovery during the years 2001-2003 that quark-gluon plasma (QGP) created in nuclear collisions at RHIC behaves like an almost perfect liquid with minimal viscosity. The tool of relativistic fluid dynamics for viscous liquids developed at OSU in the years 2005-2007 opened the possibility to quantitatively determine the value of the QGP viscosity empirically from experimental measurements of the collective flow patterns established in the collisions. A first quantitative extraction of the QGP shear viscosity, with controlled theoretical uncertainty estimates, was achieved during the last year of this project in 2010. OSU has paved the way for a transition of the field of relativistic heavy-ion physics from a qualitative discovery stage to a new stage of quantitative precision in the description of quark-gluon plasma properties. To gain confidence in the precision of our theoretical understanding of quark-gluon plasma dynamics, one must test it on a large set of experimentally measured observables. This achievement report demonstrates that we have, at
Light-heavy-ion collisions: a window into pre-equilibrium QCD dynamics?
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Romatschke, P.
2015-07-01
Relativistic collisions of light on heavy ions (p + Au at GeV, p + Au , d + Au ,He + Au at GeV and 200 GeV and p + Pb ,He + Pb at TeV) are simulated using "superSONIC", a model that includes pre-equilibrium flow, viscous hydrodynamics and a hadronic cascade afterburner. Even though these systems have strong gradients and only consist of at most a few tens of charged particles per unit rapidity, one finds evidence that a hydrodynamic description applies to these systems. Based on these simulations, the presence of a triangular flow component in d + Au collisions at GeV is predicted to be similar in magnitude to that found in He + Au collisions. Furthermore, the ratio of He + Au to d + Au is found to be sensitive to the presence of pre-equilibrium flow. This would imply an experimentally accessible window into pre-equilibrium QCD dynamics using light-heavy-ion collisions.
Quark-gluon plasma formation time and direct photons from heavy ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Liu, Fu-Ming; Liu, Sheng-Xu
2014-03-01
We investigated the information carried by the data on direct photons, i .e., the transverse momentum spectrum and the elliptic flow v2 from Pb + Pb collisions at √sNN =2.76 TeV measured at the Large Hadron Collider and from Au + Au collisions at √sNN =200 GeV measured at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, in the framework of (3+1)-dimensional ideal hydrodynamical models constrained with hadronic data. We found that these direct photon data may serve as a useful clock at the early stage of heavy ion collisions. The time scales for reaching thermal and chemical equilibrium, extracted from those data, are about 1/3 and 1.5 fm/c, respectively. Thus the large elliptic flow of direct photons is explainable. High-order harmonics, i .e., v3, v4, and v5, of direct photons from Pb + Pb collisions at 2.76 TeV are also predicted, as a further test to compete with those who claim new sources of photons to account for the large elliptic flow of direct photons.
Covariance analysis of symmetry energy observables from heavy ion collision
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zhang, Yingxun; Tsang, M. B.; Li, Zhuxia
2015-10-01
Using covariance analysis, we quantify the correlations between the interaction parameters in a transport model and the observables commonly used to extract information of the Equation of State of Asymmetric Nuclear Matter in experiments. By simulating 124Sn + 124Sn, 124Sn + 112Sn and 112Sn + 112Sn reactions at beam energies of 50 and 120 MeV per nucleon, we have identified that the nucleon effective mass splitting is most strongly correlated to the neutrons and protons yield ratios with high kinetic energy from central collisions especially at high incident energy. The best observable to determine the slope of the symmetry energy, L, at saturation density is the isospin diffusion observable even though the correlation is not very strong (∼0.7). Similar magnitude of correlation but opposite in sign exists for isospin diffusion and nucleon isoscalar effective mass. At 120 MeV/u, the effective mass splitting and the isoscalar effective mass also have opposite correlation for the double n / p and isoscaling p / p yield ratios. By combining data and simulations at different beam energies, it should be possible to place constraints on the slope of symmetry energy (L) and effective mass splitting with reasonable uncertainties.
Loss and excitation in single collisions of highly-stripped heavy ions with atoms
Graham, W.G.; Bernstein, E.M.; Clark, M.W.; Oglesby, C.S.; Tanis, J.A.; Berkner, K.H.; Gohil, P.; Schlachter, A.S.; Stearns, J.W.; Johnson, B.M.
1986-01-01
Cross sections for projectile loss and excitation (LE) in single collisions of heavy ions with atoms have been measured for 15 to 460 MeV S, Ar, Ca, and V ions, with charge states varying from 12+ to 21+ in H/sub 2/, He, Ne, and Ar gas targets. The results indicate that K x-ray production takes place through excitation rather than loss of a 1s electron. An independent electron model appears to provide a reasonable description of LE for Li-like projectiles. However, there are also indications that loss and excitation events are correlated. 11 refs., 4 figs.
The effects of angular momentum conservation in relativistic heavy ion collisions
Becattini, F.; Piccinini, F.
2007-11-19
The effects of angular momentum conservation in peripheral heavy ion collisions at very high energy are investigated. If a sufficiently large fraction of the initial angular momentum of the interaction region is converted into intrinsic angular momentum, the azimuthal anisotropy (elliptic flow) gets enhanced and the transverse momentum spectra turn out to be further broadened. A distinctive signature of the existence of spinning subregions in the plasma is the generation of a net polarization of the emitted hadrons with peculiar kinematical features. These phenomena might be possibly observed at LHC, where the initial angular momentum of the colliding ions will be about a factor 30 larger than at RHIC.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kettler, David
Heavy-ion collisions at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) produce a tremendous amount of data but new techniques are necessary for a comprehensive understanding of the physics behind these collisions. We present measurements from the STAR detector of both pt-integral and pt-differential azimuth two-particle correlations on azimuth (phi) and pseudorapidity (eta) for unidentified hadrons in Au-Au collisions at a center of mass energy = 62 and 200 GeV. The azimuth correlations can be fit to extract a quadrupole component--related to conventional v2 measures--and a same-side peak. The azimuth quadrupole component is distinguished from eta-localized same-side correlations by taking advantage of the full 2D eta and phi dependence. Both pt-integral and pt-differential results are presented as functions of Au-Au centrality. We observe simple universal energy and centrality trends for the pt-integral quadrupole component. pt-differential results can be transformed to reveal quadrupole pt spectra that are nearly independent of centrality. A parametrization of the pt-differential quadrupole shows a simple pt dependence that can be factorized from the centrality and collision energy dependence above 0.75 GeV/c. Angular correlations contain jet-like structure with most-probable hadron momentum 1 GeV/c. For better comparison to RHIC data we analyze the energy scale dependence of fragmentation functions from e+-e - collisions on rapidity y. We find that replotting fragmentation functions on a normalized rapidity variable results in a compact form precisely represented by the beta distribution, its two parameters varying slowly and simply with parton energy scale Q. The resulting parameterization enables extrapolation of fragmentation functions to low Q in order to describe fragment distributions at low transverse momentum ptin heavy ion collisions at RHIC. We convert minimum-bias jet-like angular correlations to single-particle hadron yields and compare them with parton
Triangular flow in relativstic heavy ion collisions in an event-by-event hybrid approach
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Petersen, Hannah; La Placa, Rolando; Bass, Steffen A.
2012-09-01
Triangular flow has been shown to be an interesting new observable to gain insights about the properties of hot and dense strongly interacting matter as it is produced in heavy ion collisions at RHIC and LHC. The potential of triangular flow for constraining the initial state granularity is explored by performing an explicit calculation of the triangularity and the final state anisotropic flow for initial states that exhibit different amounts of fluctuations. We present triangular flow results for Au+Au collisions at the highest RHIC energy calculated in a hybrid approach that includes a non-equilibrium initial evolution and an ideal hydrodynamic expansion with a hadronic afterburner in 3+1 dimensions. Triangular flow results for Pb+Pb collisions at LHC energies employing the same parameters that work at RHIC are compared to ALICE data. In addition, by comparing the hybrid approach calculation with a pure transport approach, the influence of viscosity is studied.
Nonperturbative finite T broadening of the {rho} meson and dilepton emission in heavy-ion collisions
Ruppert, Joerg; Renk, Thorsten
2005-06-01
We study self-consistently the finite T broadening of the {rho} meson and its implications for dilepton emission in heavy-ion collisions. For this purpose finite width effects at finite temperature due to the {rho}-{pi} interaction are investigated in a self-consistent {phi}-functional approach. The temperature dependence of the {rho} meson and pion spectral functions and self-energies is discussed. The spectral functions show considerable broadening in comparison with a perturbative calculation on the one-loop level. Using these spectral functions, we make a comparison to dilepton emission data from the CERES NA49 Collaboration employing a parametrized fireball evolution model of collision. We demonstrate that these nonperturbative finite width effects are in-medium modifications relevant to the understanding of the enhancement of the low invariant mass spectrum of dileptons emitted in A-A collisions.
Dynamical and statistical description of multifragmentation in heavy-ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Mao, Lihua; Wang, Ning; Ou, Li
2015-04-01
To explore the roles of the dynamical model and statistical model in the description of multifragmentation in heavy-ion collisions at intermediate energies, the fragments charge distributions of 197Au+197Au at 35 MeV/u are analyzed by using the hybrid model of improved quantum molecular dynamics (ImQMD) model plus the statistical model GEMINI. We find that, the ImQMD model can well describe the charge distributions of fragments produced in central and semicentral collisions. But for the peripheral collisions of Au+Au at 35 MeV/u, the statistical model is required at the end of the ImQMD simulations for the better description of the charge distribution of fragments. By using the hybrid model of ImQMD+GEMINI, the fragment charge distribution of Au+Au at 35 MeV/u can be reproduced reasonably well. The time evolution of the excitation energies of primary fragments is simultaneously investigated.
Rho0 Photoproduction in Ultra-Peripheral Relativistic Heavy Ion Collisions with STAR
STAR Coll
2007-12-20
Photoproduction reactions occur when the electromagnetic field of a relativistic heavy ion interacts with another heavy ion. The STAR collaboration presents a measurement of {rho}{sup 0} and direct {pi}{sup +}{pi}{sup -} photoproduction in ultra-peripheral relativistic heavy ion collisions at {radical}s{sub NN} = 200 GeV. We observe both exclusive photoproduction and photoproduction accompanied by mutual Coulomb excitation. We find a coherent cross-section of {sigma}(AuAu {yields} Au*Au* {rho}{sup 0}) = 530 {+-} 19 (stat.) {+-} 57 (syst.) mb, in accord with theoretical calculations based on a Glauber approach, but considerably below the predictions of a color dipole model. The {rho}{sup 0} transverse momentum spectrum (p{sub T}{sup 2}) is fit by a double exponential curve including both coherent and incoherent coupling to the target nucleus; we find {sigma}{sub inc}/{sigma}{sub coh} = 0.29 {+-} 0.03 (stat.) {+-} 0.08 (syst.). The ratio of direct {pi}{sup +}{pi}{sup -} production is comparable to that observed in {gamma}p collisions at HERA, and appears to be independent of photon energy. Finally, the measured {rho}{sup 0} spin helicity matrix elements agree within errors with the expected s-channel helicity conservation.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Schenke, Björn; Tribedy, Prithwish; Venugopalan, Raju
2012-09-01
The event-by-event multiplicity distribution, the energy densities and energy density weighted eccentricity moments ɛn (up to n=6) at early times in heavy-ion collisions at both the BNL Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) (s=200GeV) and the CERN Large Hardron Collider (LHC) (s=2.76TeV) are computed in the IP-Glasma model. This framework combines the impact parameter dependent saturation model (IP-Sat) for nucleon parton distributions (constrained by HERA deeply inelastic scattering data) with an event-by-event classical Yang-Mills description of early-time gluon fields in heavy-ion collisions. The model produces multiplicity distributions that are convolutions of negative binomial distributions without further assumptions or parameters. In the limit of large dense systems, the n-particle gluon distribution predicted by the Glasma-flux tube model is demonstrated to be nonperturbatively robust. In the general case, the effect of additional geometrical fluctuations is quantified. The eccentricity moments are compared to the MC-KLN model; a noteworthy feature is that fluctuation dominated odd moments are consistently larger than in the MC-KLN model.
The Shape and Flow of Heavy Ion Collisions (490th Brookhaven Lecture)
Schenke, Bjoern
2014-12-18
The sun can’t do it, but colossal machines like the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven Lab and Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Europe sure can. Quarks and gluons make up protons and neutrons found in the nucleus of every atom in the universe. At heavy ion colliders like RHIC and the LHC, scientists can create matter more than 100,000 times hotter than the center of the sun—so hot that protons and neutrons melt into a plasma of quarks and gluons. The particle collisions and emerging quark-gluon plasma hold keys to understanding how these fundamental particles interact with each other, which helps explain how everything is held together—from atomic nuclei to human beings to the biggest stars—how all matter has mass, and what the universe looked like microseconds after the Big Bang. Dr. Schenke discusses theory that details the shape and structure of heavy ion collisions. He will also explain how this theory and data from experiments at RHIC and the LHC are being used to determine properties of the quark-gluon plasma.
Nonequilibrium dynamics of the quark-gluon plasma in heavy ion collisions
Mottola, E.; Cooper, F.; Habib, S.; Kluger, Y.; Paz, J.P.
1997-11-01
This is the final report of a three-year, Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). We have developed field theory and numerical methods for the general problem of quantum back reaction on classical fields, with applications to a wide variety of physical systems. Our main focus was on particle production processes in the time evolution of the quark-gluon plasma following an ultrarelativistic heavy-ion collision. In particular, we studied in some detail the evolution of a disoriented chiral condensate (DCC) produced in the chiral phase transition of nuclear matter in heavy-ion collision experiments. We have also studied dissipation and decoherence as a result of particle production in time-varying mean fields. Numerical codes previously developed for particle production in strong electric fields in quantum electrodynamics (QED) have been modified for the quantum chromodynamics (QCD) problem. We have made specific predictions for energy-momentum flow and pion production in the central rapidity region of experiments to be performed at the Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collider (RHIC).
J/Psi Analysis in Ultra Peripheral Collisions at Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider with STAR
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Madagodahettige Don, Dilan
2012-03-01
Relativistic heavy ions carry strong transverse electromagnetic fields which can be treated as sources of quasi-real virtual photons. The ions interact through photon-Pomeron and photon-photon collisions at impact parameter more than twice the nuclear radius, so hadronic interactions are suppressed. We present recent results of the STAR experiment at RHIC measurement of J/ψ photoproduction in 200 (GeV) AuAu collisions at RHIC. The pT distribution of the J/ψ mesons peaks at very low pT, consistent with expectations for coherent photoproduction. Both the photoproduction cross section and the J/ψ rapidity distribution are expected to show the effects of gluon shadowing. The distribution of rapidity within y < 1 for the J/ψ mesons are also presented.
High-energy recoil-ion emission in keV heavy-ion surface collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
van Someren, B.; Rudolph, H.; Urazgil'din, I. F.; van Emmichoven, P. A. Zeijlmans; Niehaus, A.
1997-11-01
For keV Xe +, Kr + and Ar + ions incident at 30° on Cu(110) we have observed the emission of negatively charged particles with energies up to about 40% of the primary energy. By time-of-flight techniques we have found that electrons are emitted with energies up to 80 eV, whereas the negatively charged high-energy particles are Cu - recoil ions. High-energy Cu + ions have also been found. Simple energy and momentum conservation arguments show that such high recoil energies are indeed possible for multiple collision events in which the primary recoil ion scatters off one or more Cu atoms.
Nonstandard. gamma. gamma. r arrow l sup + l minus processes in relativistic heavy-ion collisions
Almeida, L.D.; Natale, A.A.; Novaes, S.F. ); Eboli, O.J.P. )
1991-07-01
We study lepton pair production in heavy-ion collisions with emphasis on nonstandard contributions to the QED subprocess {gamma}{gamma}{r arrow}{ital l}{sup +}{ital l{minus}}. The existence of compositeness of fermions and/or bosons can be tested in this reaction up to the TeV mass scale. We show that for some processes the capabilities of relativistic heavy-ion colliders to disclose new physics surpass the possibilities of {ital e}{sup +}{ital e{minus}} or {ital p{bar p}} machines. In particular, spin-zero composite particles which couple predominantly to two photons, predicted in composite models, can be studied in a broad range of masses.
Hypertriton and light nuclei production at Λ-production subthreshold energy in heavy-ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zhang, Song; Chen, Jin-Hui; Ma, Yu-Gang; Xu, Zhang-Bu; Cai, Xiang-Zhou; Ma, Guo-Liang; Zhong, Chen
2011-08-01
High-energy heavy-ion collisions produce abundant hyperons and nucleons. A dynamical coalescence model coupled with the ART model is employed to study the production probabilities of light clusters, deuteron (d), triton (t), helion (3He), and hypertriton (3ΛH) at subthreshold energy of Aproduction (≈ 1 GeV per nucleon). We study the dependence on the reaction system size of the coalescence penalty factor per additional nucleon and entropy per nucleon. The Strangeness Population Factor shows an extra suppression of hypertriton comparing to light clusters of the same mass number. This model predicts a hypertriton production cross-section of a few μb in 36Ar+36Ar, 40Ca+40Ca and 56Ni+56Ni in 1 A GeV reactions. The production rate is as high as a few hypertritons per million collisions, which shows that the fixed-target heavy-ion collisions at CSR (Lanzhou/China) at Λ subthreshold energy are suitable for breaking new ground in hypernuclear physics.
Zhang, S.; Zu, Z.; Chen, J.H., Ma, Y.G., Cai, X-Z, Ma, G.L., Zhong, C.
2011-08-01
High-energy heavy-ion collisions produce abundant hyperons and nucleons. A dynamical coalescence model coupled with the ART model is employed to study the production probabilities of light clusters, deuteron (d), triton (t), helion ({sup 3}He), and hypertriton ({sub {Lambda}}{sup 3}H) at subthreshold energy of Aproduction ({approx} 1 GeV per nucleon). We study the dependence on the reaction system size of the coalescence penalty factor per additional nucleon and entropy per nucleon. The Strangeness Population Factor (S{sub 3} = {sup 3}{sub {Lambda}}H/({sup 3}He x {Lambda}/p)) shows an extra suppression of hypertriton comparing to light clusters of the same mass number. This model predicts a hypertriton production cross-section of a few {mu}b in {sup 36}Ar+{sup 36}Ar, {sup 40}Ca+{sup 40}Ca and {sup 56}Ni+{sup 56}Ni in 1 A GeV reactions. The production rate is as high as a few hypertritons per million collisions, which shows that the fixed-target heavy-ion collisions at CSR (Lanzhou/China) at {Lambda} subthreshold energy are suitable for breaking new ground in hypernuclear physics.
New advances in the hydrodynamic description of the QCD critical point in heavy-ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Nahrgang, Marlene
2013-04-01
Hydrodynamics has been very successful in explaining a variety of data from heavy-ion collision experiments. An essential ingredient is the equation of state, which allows for the study of the impact of different descriptions of the QCD medium and of the phase transition on the evolution of the bulk matter. At the critical point the correlation length of fluctuations of the order parameter diverges in thermodynamic systems. At the same time the relaxation times become infinite at the critical point, which in dynamic systems weakens critical phenomena. In order to provide solid predictions for event-by-event fluctuations of observables extensions of previous studies to dynamic systems are crucial to guide the search for the discovery of the critical point in heavy-ion collision experiments, like the beam energy scan at RHIC, BNL. A hydrodynamic description of the expanding matter, which takes further restrictions of the system like its inhomogeneity and finite size into account, is especially suitable because the order parameter oscillates slowly at the critical point and can thus be described as a collective variable within a hydrodynamic setup. First models, which propagate the fluctuations of the order parameter explicitly by a coupling to a hydrodynamically expanding heat bath, are able to see dynamic effects like critical slowing down at the critical point and supercooling at the first order phase transition. Latest results show that for the first order phase transition this leads to the phenomenon of domain formation. At the critical point the enhancement of event-by-event fluctuations can be observed. These explicitly dynamic models are thus a promising approach to a realistic description of the QCD critical point in heavy-ion collisions. In this talk I will review recent advances in our understanding of the phase transition obtained within hydrodynamic models and outline possible approaches to future contributions to the search for the QCD critical point.
Event-shape fluctuations and flow correlations in ultra-relativistic heavy-ion collisions
Jia, Jiangyong
2014-12-01
I review recent measurements of a large set of flow observables associated with event-shape fluctuations and collective expansion in heavy ion collisions. First, these flow observables are classified and experiment methods are introduced. The experimental results for each type of observables are then presented and compared to theoretical calculations. A coherent picture of initial condition and collective flow based on linear and non-linear hydrodynamic responses is derived, which qualitatively describe most experimental results. I discuss new types of fluctuation measurements that can further our understanding of the event-shape fluctuations and collective expansion dynamics.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Hamdouni, Yamen
2010-12-01
The elements of the quantum mechanical Markovian diffusion matrix leading to a Gibbs equilibrium state for a set of N coupled quantum harmonic oscillators are derived within Lindblad's axiomatic approach. Consequences of the fundamental constraints on the quantum friction coefficients are discussed. We derive the equations of motion for the expectation values and variances, and we solve them analytically. We apply our results to the description of the charge and mass asymmetry coordinates in heavy-ion collisions, and we investigate the effect of dissipation on tunneling in sub-barrier processes.
Vorticity and hydrodynamic helicity in heavy-ion collisions in the hadron-string dynamics model
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Teryaev, Oleg; Usubov, Rahim
2015-07-01
The hydrodynamic helicity separation effect in noncentral heavy-ion collisions is investigated using the hadron-string dynamics (HSD) model. Computer simulations are done to calculate velocity and hydrodynamic helicity on a mesh in a small volume around the center of the reaction. The time dependence of hydrodynamic helicity is observed for various impact parameters and different calculation methods. Comparison with a similar earlier work is carried out. A new quantity related to jet handedness is used to probe for p -odd effects in the final state.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kodolova, O.; Vardanyan, I.; Nikitenko, A.; Oulianov, A.
2007-03-01
A jet reconstruction algorithm is developed for events with a high particle density in the calorimetric system. The performance of the reconstruction of hard QCD jets with initial parton energies 50 300 GeV is studied in central Pb Pb collisions with a modified cone jet finder which includes an algorithm for event-by-event background subtraction. The heavy ion background is simulated using the HIJING Monte Carlo generator with text{d} N_{text{ch}}/text{d} y\\vert_{y=0} = 5000. Results on the achieved jet reconstruction efficiency, purity, energy and spatial resolution are presented.
Constraints on the asymmetric equation of state from heavy-ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Yennello, Sherry; McIntosh, Alan; Heilborn, Lauren
2016-05-01
Nuclear matter is one of the most fascinating materials that exists.Therefore elucidating the equation-of-state of nuclear matter is a fundamentally interesting question. Additionally, the nuclear equationof-state has impacts on astrophysical observables. One important means of constraining the nuclear equation-of-state is through studying heavy-ion collisions. Nuclear material has two components - neutrons and protons - the ratio of which impacts the equation-of-state. Measurements of fragments emitted from reactions of nuclei with different ratios of neutrons and protons - and comparison to simulations based on various underlying interactions - have placed constraints on both the symmetric and asymmetric parts of the equation of state.
Initial state fluctuations and higher harmonic flow in heavy-ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Gale, Charles; Jeon, Sangyong; Schenke, Björn; Tribedy, Prithwish; Venugopalan, Raju
2013-05-01
A framework combining Yang-Mills dynamics of the pre-equilibrium glasma with relativistic viscous hydrodynamic evolution of the quark-gluon plasma and hadron gas phases is presented. Event-by-event fluctuations of nucleon positions and color charges are taken into account, leading to negative binomial fluctuations of gluon multiplicities. Experimental anisotropic flow coefficients v2 - v5 of charged hadron distributions in heavy-ion collisions at the Large Hadron Collider are well described. Furthermore, event-by-event distributions of v2,v3andv4 measured by the ATLAS collaboration are reproduced.
Effect of quark gluon plasma on charm quark produced in relativistic heavy ion collision
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Younus, Mohammed; Srivastava, Dinesh K.; Bass, Steffen A.
2014-05-01
Charm quarks are produced mainly in the pre-equilibrium stage of heavy ion collision and serve as excellent probes entering the thermalized medium. They come out with altogether different momenta and energies and fragments into D-mesons and decay into non-photonic electrons which are observed experimentally. Here we present the effect of QGP on charm quark production using two different models: first one based on Wang-Huang-Sarcevic model of multiple scattering of partons and the second one is based on Parton Cascade Model with Boltzmann transport equation used for charm quark evolution in QGP.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Gelis, François; Tanji, Naoto
2016-02-01
We revisit the problem of quark production in high energy heavy ion collisions, at leading order in α s in the color glass condensate framework. In this first paper, we setup the formalism and express the quark spectrum in terms of a basis of solutions of the Dirac equation (the mode functions). We determine analytically their initial value in the Fock-Schwinger gauge on a proper time surface Q s τ 0 ≪ 1, in a basis that makes manifest the boost invariance properties of this problem. We also describe a statistical algorithm to perform the sampling of the mode functions.
K{sup +} production in baryon-baryon and heavy-ion collisions
Li, G.Q.; Ko, C.M.; Chung, W.S.
1998-01-01
Kaon production cross sections in nucleon-nucleon, nucleon-{Delta}, and {Delta}-{Delta} interactions are studied in a boson exchange model. For the latter two interactions, the exchanged pion can be on-mass shell; only contributions due to a virtual pion are included via the Peierls method by taking into account the finite {Delta} width. With these cross sections and also those for pion-baryon interactions, subthreshold kaon production from heavy-ion collisions is studied in the relativistic transport model. {copyright} {ital 1998} {ital The American Physical Society}
Coexistence of regular and chaotic scattering in heavy-ion collisions
Rapisarda, A.; Baldo, M. Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Catania, Corso Italia 57, 95129 Catania, Italy)
1991-05-20
Classical dynamics of heavy-ion scattering is investigated in the case of a collision between a supposed spherical nucleus, {sup 28}Si, and a deformed one, {sup 24}Mg, at energies above the Coulomb barrier. Evidence of regular and irregular motion is found. The chaotic behavior justifies the presence of Ericson's fluctuations observed for this reaction, while the presence of regular motion embedded in the chaotic region could be the crucial point to explain the nature of the observed isolated resonances, once the semiclassical theory is applied.
Riemann problems and their application to ultra-relativistic heavy ion collisions
Plohr, B.J.; Sharp, D.H.
1986-07-01
Heavy ion collisions at sufficiently high energies to form quark-gluon plasma are considered. The phase transformation from a quark-gluon phase to hadrons as the nuclear matter cools is modeled as a hydrodynamical flow. Nonlinear waves are the predominant feature of this type of flow and the Riemann problem of a relativistic gas undergoing a phase transformation is explored as a method to numerically model this phase transition process in nuclear matter. The solution of the Riemann problem is outlined and results of preliminary numerical computations of the flow are presented. 10 refs., 2 figs. (DWL)
Thermalization of color gauge fields in high energy heavy ion collisions
Iwazaki, Aiichi
2008-03-15
We discuss the quantum mechanical decay of the color magnetic field generated initially during high-energy heavy-ion collisions. The decay is caused by Nielsen-Olesen unstable modes and is accomplished possibly in a period <1 fm/c. We show that the decay products (i.e., incoherent gluons) may be thermalized in a sufficiently short period (<1 fm/c). The precise determination of the period is made by calculating the two-point function of the color magnetic field in a color glass condensate model.
Temperature and density dependence of properties of nuclear matter deduced from heavy ion collisions
Shlomo, Shalom
2010-11-24
Heavy-ion collision experiments are often employed to determine properties of nuclear matter under extreme conditions of temperature and density. This has been the subject of many investigations in recent decades, since understanding the equation of state of hot nuclear matter is very important in the study supernovae, neutron stars and nuclei. We present a short and limited review of the theoretical and experimental status of determining the temperature and density of the disassembling hot nucleus from ratios of the yields of emitted fragments.
Narrow Resonances in Light Heavy-Ion Collisions: Formation and Decay
Haas, F.; Courtin, S.; Lebhertz, D.; Salsac, M.-D.
2009-03-04
Resonances in light heavy-ion collisions have been observed in systems with a small number of open channels. Very narrow resonances have been reported in the {sup 24}Mg+{sup 24}Mg and {sup 12}C+{sup 12}C cases for which the results of recent experiments on their decay modes will be presented. Special emphasis will be given to the {sup 12}C+{sup 12}C reaction where weak absorption allows the observation of resonant and refractive effects over a large bombarding energy range. The nature of recently observed sub-coulomb resonances will also be raised.
Energy scan in heavy-ion collisions and search for a critical point
Tokarev, M. V.; Zborovsky, I.
2012-06-15
Experimental data on inclusive spectra measured in heavy-ion collisions at RHIC and SPS over a wide range of the energy {radical}s{sub NN} = 9 - 200 GeV are analyzed in the framework of z scaling. A microscopic scenario of constituent interactions in the framework of this approach is discussed. Dependence of the energy loss on the momentum of the produced hadron, energy, and centrality of the collision, is studied. Self-similarity of the constituent interactions in terms of momentum fractions is used to characterize the nuclear medium by 'specific heat' and colliding nuclei by fractal dimensions. Preferable kinematical regions for search for signatures of the phase transition of the nuclear matter produced inHIC are discussed. Discontinuity of 'specific heat' is assumed to be a signature of the phase transition and the Critical Point.
Initial fields and instabilities in the classical model of relativistic heavy-ion collisions
Fukushima, Kenji
2007-08-15
Color Glass Condensate (CGC) provides a classical description of dense gluon matter at high energies. Using the McLerran-Venugopalan (MV) model we calculate the initial energy density {epsilon}({tau}) in the early stage of the relativistic nucleus-nucleus collision. Our analytical formula reproduces the quantitative results from lattice discretized simulations and leads to an estimate {epsilon}({tau}=0.1 fm)=40{approx}50 GeV{center_dot}fm{sup -3} in the (central) Au-Au collision at BNL Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider. We then formulate instabilities with respect to soft fluctuations that violate boost invariance inherent in hard CGC backgrounds. We find unstable modes arising, which are attributed to ensemble average over the initial CGC fields.
Initial fields and instabilities in the classical model of relativistic heavy-ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Fukushima, Kenji
2007-08-01
Color Glass Condensate (CGC) provides a classical description of dense gluon matter at high energies. Using the McLerran-Venugopalan (MV) model we calculate the initial energy density ɛ(τ) in the early stage of the relativistic nucleus-nucleus collision. Our analytical formula reproduces the quantitative results from lattice discretized simulations and leads to an estimate ɛ(τ=0.1fm)=40~50GeV·fm-3 in the (central) Au-Au collision at BNL Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider. We then formulate instabilities with respect to soft fluctuations that violate boost invariance inherent in hard CGC backgrounds. We find unstable modes arising, which are attributed to ensemble average over the initial CGC fields.
Mode-coupling effects in anisotropic flow in heavy-ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Qian, Jing; Heinz, Ulrich; Liu, Jia
2016-06-01
Higher-order anisotropic flows in heavy-ion collisions are affected by nonlinear mode coupling effects. It has been suggested that the associated nonlinear hydrodynamic response coefficients probe the transport properties and are largely insensitive to the spectrum of initial density fluctuations of the medium created in these collisions. To test this suggestion, we explore nonlinear mode coupling effects in event-by-event viscous fluid dynamics, using two different models for the fluctuating initial density profiles, and compare the nonlinear coupling coefficients between the initial eccentricity vectors before hydrodynamic expansion and the final flow vectors after the expansion. For several mode coupling coefficients we find significant sensitivity to the initial fluctuation spectrum. They all exhibit strong sensitivity to the specific shear viscosity at freeze-out, but only weak dependence on the shear viscosity during hydrodynamic evolution.
Initial fluctuation effect on harmonic flows in high-energy heavy-ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Han, L. X.; Ma, G. L.; Ma, Y. G.; Cai, X. Z.; Chen, J. H.; Zhang, S.; Zhong, C.
2011-12-01
Within the framework of a multiphase transport model, harmonic flows vn (n=2,3, and 4) are investigated for Au-Au collisions at sNN=200 GeV and Pb-Pb collisions at sNN=2.76 TeV. The event-by-event geometry fluctuations significantly contribute to harmonic flows. Triangular flow (v3) originates from initial triangularity (ɛ3) and is developed by partonic interactions. The conversion efficiency (vn/ɛn) decreases with the harmonic order and increases with the partonic interaction cross section. A mass ordering in the low-pT region and a constituent quark number scaling in the middle-pT region seem to work roughly for nth harmonic flows at both energies. All features of harmonic flows show similar qualitative behaviors at BNL Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider and CERN Large Hadron Collider energies, which implies that the formed partonic matters are similar at the two energies.
Nucleon exchange mechanism in heavy-ion collisions at near-barrier energies
Yilmaz, B.; Ayik, S.; Lacroix, D.
2011-06-15
Nucleon drift and diffusion mechanisms in central collisions of asymmetric heavy ions at near-barrier energies are investigated in the framework of a stochastic mean-field approach. Expressions for diffusion and drift coefficients for nucleon transfer deduced from the stochastic mean-field approach in the semiclassical approximation have similar forms familiar from the phenomenological nucleon exchange model. The variance of fragment mass distribution agrees with the empirical formula {sigma}{sub AA}{sup 2}(t)=N{sub exc}(t). The comparison with the time-dependent Hartree-Fock calculations shows that below barrier energies, the drift coefficient in the semiclassical approximation underestimates the mean number of nucleon transfer obtained in the quantal framework. Motion of the window in the dinuclear system has a significant effect on the nucleon transfer in asymmetric collisions.
Fluctuations of conserved charges in relativistic heavy ion collisions: An introduction
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Asakawa, Masayuki; Kitazawa, Masakiyo
2016-09-01
Bulk fluctuations of conserved charges measured by event-by-event analysis in relativistic heavy ion collisions are observables which are believed to carry significant amount of information on the hot medium created by the collisions. Active studies have been done recently experimentally, theoretically, and on the lattice. In particular, non-Gaussianity of the fluctuations has acquired much attention recently. In this review, we give a pedagogical introduction to these issues, and survey recent developments in this field of research. Starting from the definition of cumulants, basic concepts in fluctuation physics, such as thermal fluctuations in statistical mechanics and time evolution of fluctuations in diffusive systems, are described. Phenomena which are expected to occur in finite temperature and/or density QCD matter and their measurement by event-by-event analyses are also elucidated.
(3+1)D hydrodynamic simulation of relativistic heavy-ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Schenke, Björn; Jeon, Sangyong; Gale, Charles
2010-07-01
We present music, an implementation of the Kurganov-Tadmor algorithm for relativistic 3+1 dimensional fluid dynamics in heavy-ion collision scenarios. This Riemann-solver-free, second-order, high-resolution scheme is characterized by a very small numerical viscosity and its ability to treat shocks and discontinuities very well. We also incorporate a sophisticated algorithm for the determination of the freeze-out surface using a three dimensional triangulation of the hypersurface. Implementing a recent lattice based equation of state, we compute pT-spectra and pseudorapidity distributions for Au+Au collisions at s=200GeV and present results for the anisotropic flow coefficients v2 and v4 as a function of both pT and pseudorapidity η. We were able to determine v4 with high numerical precision, finding that it does not strongly depend on the choice of initial condition or equation of state.
Strangeness production in heavy ion collisions -Constraining the KN - potential in medium
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Leifels, Yvonne; FOPI Collaboration
2013-03-01
We review the strangeness production in heavy ion collisions at energies around the NN production threshold and discuss recent measurements of the FOPI collaboration on charged kaon flow over a wide impact parameter range. The data are compared to comprehensive state-of-the-art transport models. The dense nuclear matter environment produced in those collisions may provide unique opportunities to form strange few body systems. The FOPI detector is especially suited to reconstruct such states by their charged particle decays. Apart from strongly decaying states special emphasis will be put on the search for long living weakly decaying states, i.e. Hyper-Nuclei. Light hyper nuclei are reconstructed by their two body decay channels and the production of Hyper-Tritons is studied with respect to Λ and t(3He).
Tracing isospin with the {pi}{sup -}/{pi}{sup +} ratio in central heavy ion collisions
Zhang Ming; Xiao Zhigang; Zhu Shengjiang
2010-10-15
Within an isospin- and momentum-dependent hadronic transport model, we have investigated the isospin mixing with the probe of the {pi}{sup -}/{pi}{sup +} ratio in central isospin asymmetric {sup 96}Ru+{sup 96}Zr collision at an incident energy of 400 MeV/u. The isospin equilibrium is not reached according to the asymmetrical distribution of the {pi}{sup -}/{pi}{sup +} ratio with rapidity. In comparison with the nucleon observable, it suggests that the pion ratio {pi}{sup -}/{pi}{sup +} is a promising observable to probe the relaxation of isospin degree of freedom in central heavy ion collisions without being strongly affected by the surface effect. Because of the small system size and rather strong effect of rescattering on pions, the isospin mixing shows insignificant dependence on the stiffness of the symmetry energy in the relevant colliding system.
Comparison of Hydrodynamic Calculations of Heavy Ion Collisions with Different Equations of State
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Soltz, Ron; Moreland, Scott
2015-10-01
The QCD Equation of State (EoS) is an essential ingredient for the hydrodynamic models used to study heavy ion collisions. Recent results by the HotQCD and Wuppertal-Budapest collaborations lattice gauge calculations of the QCD EoS at the continuum limit show good agreement within errors. However it is unknown whether current errors are sufficient for current simulations or whether further improvements are needed. We explore this question by performing hydrodynamic calculations with the VISHNU 2+1D hydrodynamic code with fluctuating initial conditions and UrQMD cascade code for the two EoS calculations and a sampling of EoS curves within the given errors. Comparisons are made to spectra (π, K, p), flow (v2 ,v3), and azimuthally averaged HBT radii for 200 GeV Au+Au collisions. Relative variations in the results and comparisons to data where appropriate will be presented and discussed.
Measurement of the net Λ polarization in heavy-ion collisions from STAR
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Upsal, Isaac; STAR Collaboration
2015-10-01
Non-central heavy-ion collisions provide a system with non-zero total angular momentum which can be transferred, in part, to the fireball via baryon stopping. It has been predicted that this angular momentum will lead to a net spin of emitted particles through coupling with the bulk material. Due to its parity violating decay the Λ is self-analyzing, which allows us to associate the daughter proton decay direction with Λ spin. Ultimately this allows us to use them as a probe of net-particle spin. I will present preliminary STAR measurements of the net Λ polarization from Au+Au collisions at 7.7, 11.5, 14.5, 19.6, 27, and 39 GeV.
A viscous blast-wave model for high energy heavy-ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Jaiswal, Amaresh; Koch, Volker
2016-07-01
Employing a viscosity-based survival scale for initial geometrical perturbations formed in relativistic heavy-ion collisions, we model the radial flow velocity at freeze-out. Subsequently, we use the Cooper-Frye freeze-out prescription, with viscous corrections to the distribution function, to extract the transverse momentum dependence of particle yields and flow harmonics. We fit the model parameters for central collisions, by fitting the spectra of identified particles at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), and estimate them for other centralities using simple hydrodynamic relations. We use the results of Monte Carlo Glauber model for initial eccentricities. We demonstrate that this improved viscous blast-wave model leads to good agreement with transverse momentum distribution of elliptic and triangular flow for all centralities and estimate the shear viscosity to entropy density ratio η/s ≃ 0.24 at the LHC.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Novak, John F.
In collisions of heavy ions of sufficient energy, cold nuclear matter can be forced into a strongly interacting state of quark-gloun plasma (QGP). To study the properties of QGP and the phase transition to hadronic matter, Au+Au collisions were performed at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and studied using the Solendoidal Tracker at RHIC (STAR) detector. These Au+Au collision were taken during 2010 and 2011 as part of the RHIC Beam Energy Scan (BES) at energies NsN = 7.7, 11.5, 19.6, 27, 39, 62.4, and 200 GeV. The primary goal of the BES was to search for the critical point of the phase transition between the QGP phase and the hadronic matter phase of nuclear matter. In this dissertation two analyses on these data are presented which focus on fluctuations of the average transverse momentum (
) of the particles produced in heavy-ion collisions. < pt> is related to the temperature of the systems produced in the collisions [35], and fluctuations of
should be sensitive to fluctuations of the temperature [40]. The moments of the
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Li, Yang
The properties of the quark-gluon plasma are being thoroughly studied by utilizing relativistic heavy ion collisions. After its invention in astronomy in the 1950s, intensity interferometry was found to be a robust method to probe the spatial and temporal information of the nuclear collisions also. Although rescattering effects are negligible in elementary particle collisions, it may be very important for heavy ion collisions at RHIC and in the future LHC. Rescattering after production will modify the measured correlation function and make it harder to extract the dynamical information from data. To better understand the data which are dimmed by this final state process, we derive a general formula for intensity interferometry which can calculate rescattering effects easily. The formula can be used both non-relativistically and relativistically. Numerically, we found that rescattering effects on kaon interferometry for RHIC experiments can modify the measured ratio of the outward radius to the sideward radius, which is a sensitive probe to the equation of state, by as large as 15%. It is a nontrivial contribution which should be included to understand the data more accurately. The second part of this thesis is on the initial conditions in relativistic heavy ion collisions. Although relativistic hydrodynamics is successful in explaining many aspects of the data, it is only valid after some finite time after nuclear contact. The results depend on the choice of initial conditions which, so far, have been very uncertain. I describe a formula based on the McLerran-Venugopalan model to compute the initial energy density. The soft gluon fields produced immediately after the overlap of the nuclei can be expanded as a power series of the proper time t. Solving Yang-Mills equations with color current conservation can give us the analytical formulas for the fields. The local color charges on the transverse plane are stochastic variables and have to be taken care of by random
Revisiting heavy ion collisions under the influence of strong magnetic fields
Paoli, M. G. de; Menezes, D. P.
2013-05-06
The quark-gluon plasma (QGP) phase refers to matter where quarks and gluons are believed to be deconfined and it probably takes place at temperatures of the order of 150 to 170 MeV. In large colliders around the world (RHIC/BNL, ALICE/CERN, GSI, etc), physicists are trying to convert hadronic matter at these order of temperatures into QGP by looking at non-central heavy ion collisions. Possible experiments towards this search are Au-Au collisions at RHIC/BNL and Pb-Pb collisions at SPS/CERN, where the hadron abundances and particle ratios are used in order to determine the temperature and baryonic chemical potential of the possibly present hadronic matter-QGP phase transition. The magnetic fields involved in heavy-ion collisions, although time dependent and short-lived, can reach intensities higher than the ones considered in magnetars, around 1.7 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 19} to 10{sup 20} Gauss. In fact, the densities related to the chemical potentials obtained within the relativistic models framework developed in previous works are very low (of the order of 10{sup -3} fm{sup -3}). At these densities the nuclear interactions are indeed very small and this fact made us consider the possibility of free Fermi and Boson gases under the unfluence of strong magnetic fields. We investigate the effects of magnetic fields of the order of 10{sup 18}, 10{sup 19} and 10{sup 20} G through a {chi}{sup 2} fit to some data sets of the STAR experiment. Our results shown that a field of the order of 10{sup 19} G can produce a much better fit to the experimental data than the calculations without magnetic fields.
Chiral symmetry restoration versus deconfinement in heavy-ion collisions at high baryon density
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Cassing, W.; Palmese, A.; Moreau, P.; Bratkovskaya, E. L.
2016-01-01
We study the production of strange hadrons in nucleus-nucleus collisions from 4 to 160 A GeV within the parton-hadron-string dynamics (PHSD) transport approach that is extended to incorporate essentials aspects of chiral symmetry restoration (CSR) in the hadronic sector (via the Schwinger mechanism) on top of the deconfinement phase transition as implemented in PHSD. Especially the K+/π+ and the (Λ +Σ0) /π- ratios in central Au+Au collisions are found to provide information on the relative importance of both transitions. The modeling of chiral symmetry restoration is driven by the pion-nucleon Σ term in the computation of the quark scalar condensate that serves as an order parameter for CSR and also scales approximately with the effective quark masses ms and mq. Furthermore, the nucleon scalar density ρs, which also enters the computation of
, is evaluated within the nonlinear σ -ω model which is constrained by Dirac-Brueckner calculations and low-energy heavy-ion reactions. The Schwinger mechanism (for string decay) fixes the ratio of strange to light quark production in the hadronic medium. We find that above ˜80 A GeV the reaction dynamics of heavy nuclei is dominantly driven by partonic degrees of freedom such that traces of the chiral symmetry restoration are hard to identify. Our studies support the conjecture of "quarkyonic matter" in heavy-ion collisions from about 5 to 40 A GeV and provide a microscopic explanation for the maximum in the K+/π+ ratio at about 30 A GeV, which only shows up if a transition to partonic degrees of freedom is incorporated in the reaction dynamics and is discarded in the traditional hadron-string models.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Horsley, Matthew Allen
Ultra-relativistic heavy ion collisions taking place at RHIC are thought to create conditions favorable for the creation of a quark gluon plasma (QGP). It is the main goal of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) to create and provide a definitive characterization of the quark-gluon plasma believed to be created in high energy heavy ion collisions. A determination of the initial conditions leading to the formation of a QGP is an important part of understanding its properties. Information about the evolution of the system formed during a heavy ion collision can be obtained by investigating charged particle ratios. The charged pion and kaon particle ratios as well as the anti-proton-to-proton ratio have been measured at high transverse momentum using a RICH detector, Comparisons have been made to previous measurements made with smaller collision systems and are found to be consistent with expectations derived from these smaller systems. The transverse momentum dependence of the charged particle ratios is consistent with being constant over the range measured, 0.75 < p⊥[GeV/c] < 2.5 and can be described within a thermodynamical model of the collision and is an indication that chemical equilibrium was achieved over the course of the collision.
The iEBE-VISHNU code package for relativistic heavy-ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Shen, Chun; Qiu, Zhi; Song, Huichao; Bernhard, Jonah; Bass, Steffen; Heinz, Ulrich
2016-02-01
The iEBE-VISHNU code package performs event-by-event simulations for relativistic heavy-ion collisions using a hybrid approach based on (2 + 1)-dimensional viscous hydrodynamics coupled to a hadronic cascade model. We present the detailed model implementation, accompanied by some numerical code tests for the package. iEBE-VISHNU forms the core of a general theoretical framework for model-data comparisons through large scale Monte-Carlo simulations. A numerical interface between the hydrodynamically evolving medium and thermal photon radiation is also discussed. This interface is more generally designed for calculations of all kinds of rare probes that are coupled to the temperature and flow velocity evolution of the bulk medium, such as jet energy loss and heavy quark diffusion.
The LHC heavy-ion programme: The energy frontier of nuclear collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Jowett, John M.
The greater part of the beam time at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is devoted to colliding proton beams for the purposes of elementary particle physics at the highest available energies per colliding nucleon [Myers (2015)]. However a substantial fraction -- about one month per operating year -- is devoted to colliding the nuclei of heavy atoms with each other or, sometimes, with protons. The much larger total energies in these "ultrarelativistic heavy-ion" collisions produce tiny droplets of strongly-interacting matter, the quark-gluon plasma, at the highest densities and temperatures available in the laboratory. The LHC thus recreates the substance that filled the universe in the first microseconds of its history and exposes it to detailed scrutiny with its array of extraordinarily capable detectors...
Studying re-scattering effect in heavy-ion collision through K* production
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Singha, Subhash; Mohanty, Bedangadas; Lin, Zi-Wei
2015-05-01
We have studied the K* production within a multi-phase transport model (AMPT) for Au+Au collisions at √ {sNN} = 200 GeV to understand the hadronic re-scattering effect on the measured yields of the resonance. The hadronic re-scattering of the K* decay daughter particles (π and K) will alter their momentum distribution thereby making it difficult to reconstruct the K* signal through the invariant mass method. An increased hadronic re-scattering effect thus leads to a decrease in the reconstructed yield of K* in the heavy-ion collisions. Through this simulation study, we argue that a decrease in K*/K ratio with the increase in collision centrality necessarily reflects the hadronic re-scattering effect. Since the re-scattering occurs in the hadronic phase and K* has a lifetime of 4 fm/c, we present a toy model-based discussion on using measured K*/K to put a lower limit on the hadronic phase lifetime in high energy nuclear collisions.
Applications of many-body physics to relativistic heavy ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Fillion-Gourdeau, Francois
In this dissertation, many-body physics techniques are used to study and improve ideas related to the description of heavy ion collisions at very high energy. The first part of the thesis concerns the production of tensor mesons in proton-proton (pp) collisions. An effective theory where the f2 meson couples to the energy-momentum tensor is proposed and a comparison of the inclusive cross-section computed in the collinear factorization, the k⊥-factorization and the color glass condensate is performed. A study of the phenomenology in pp collisions then shows a strong dependence on the parametrization of the unintegrated distribution function. The conclusion is that f2 meson production can be utilized to improve the understanding of the proton wave-function. In the second part, a similar investigation is performed by analysing the production cross-section of the eta' meson in pp and proton-nucleus (pA) collisions. The nucleus and proton are described by the CGC and the k⊥ -factorization respectively. A new technique for the computation of Wilson lines---color charge densities correlators in the McLerran-Venugopalan model is developped. The phenomenology shows that the cross-section in pA collisions is very sensitive to the value of the saturation scale, a crucial ingredient of the CGC picture. In the third part of the thesis, the collision term of the Boltzmann equation is derived from first principles at all orders and for any number of participating particles, starting from the full out-of-equilibrium quantum field theory and using the multiple scattering expansion. Finally, the emission of photons from a non-abelian strong classical field is investigated. A formalism based on Schwinger-Keldysh propagators relating the production rate of photons to the retarded solution of the Dirac equation in a background field is presented.
A Look at Heavy Ion Collisions Through the SO(3)-Invariant Flow
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Staig Fernandez, Maria del Pilar
One of the measurements obtained from heavy ion collisions is the correlation between two final particles as a function of the difference of azimuthal angle and pseudorapidity. These correlations show structure in the azimuthal direction that is elongated in pseudorapidity, and that has its origin in the initial state after the collision, and in its evolution. We implemented a Glauber Monte Carlo code to study initial state fluctuations that appear on an event by event basis because of the random positions of the nucleons in the nuclei. We calculated the initial average deformations and their fluctuations as a function of the centrality of the collision and found that for central collisions all of the asymmetry parameters are on equal footing, but that as the collisions become more peripheral the second asymmetry parameter becomes more important, because of the almond-like shape of the region where the two nuclei intersect. To study the evolution of the matter created after the collision we used the SO(3)-invariant flow developed by S. Gubser and A. Yarom, that is an extension of Bjorken flow that includes flow in the radial direction. The hydrodynamic equations including perturbations to this background can be solved analytically in terms of known special functions that can be collected to describe the shape of a specific perturbation. We used as initial condition a Gaussian perturbation, and found that the two particle correlation obtained resembles the curve from experiments. We also explored the effects of viscosity on the final particle correlation, and on the spectra of the flow coefficients, and found that viscosity kills the higher harmonics. The same method can be used to study other perturbations to the background. In particular, we studied fluctuations that appear near the critical temperature produced by Quark Gluon Plasma clusters undergoing a Rayleigh type collapse, and suggest that the observed widening in rapidity correlations may be an indication
The simulations of space-time evolution of relativistic heavy ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Wang, Guangjun
1999-12-01
SOFT, a relativistic heavy ion collision model for collisions with energy from ~ 10 GeV/c/nucleon to several hundred GeV/c/nucleon, has been built based a hadron-hadron collision model, which has also been built the first time in this work. The hadron- hadron model is built in such a way that as many experimental facts are incorporated as possible. Resonance productions at low energies are considered in the greatest possible detail with all well defined hadron species being included. Extensive calculations based on thermal model and SOFT are carried out, in describing the systematics of Au+Au collisions at AGS energies, strangeness production, and the large overline p/overline Λ ratios obtained at AGS experiments E864 and E859. The overall agreement between the model calculation and experimental data is very encouraging. The shapes of the rapidity distributions and transverse mass distributions of protons, pions and kaons are all reasonably reproduced. The spectra of the most important species, i.e., the nucleons, agrees very well with the data. The overall pion yield and K- yield are overestimated by a factor of about 30%, while the yield of K+ is underestimated by about 30%. Meson-baryon collisions, especially those initiated by resonances, are found to be the major source of strangeness production. The model is barely able to give a large enough overline p/overline Λ ratio, comparable to the experimental data, even under extreme conditions. This suggests that new physics may be needed to explain this phenomenon.
Statistics of initial density perturbations in heavy ion collisions and their fluid dynamic response
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Floerchinger, Stefan; Wiedemann, Urs Achim
2014-08-01
An interesting opportunity to determine thermodynamic and transport properties in more detail is to identify generic statistical properties of initial density perturbations. Here we study event-by-event fluctuations in terms of correlation functions for two models that can be solved analytically. The first assumes Gaussian fluctuations around a distribution that is fixed by the collision geometry but leads to non-Gaussian features after averaging over the reaction plane orientation at non-zero impact parameter. In this context, we derive a three-parameter extension of the commonly used Bessel-Gaussian event-by-event distribution of harmonic flow coefficients. Secondly, we study a model of N independent point sources for which connected n-point correlation functions of initial perturbations scale like 1 /N n-1. This scaling is violated for non-central collisions in a way that can be characterized by its impact parameter dependence. We discuss to what extent these are generic properties that can be expected to hold for any model of initial conditions, and how this can improve the fluid dynamical analysis of heavy ion collisions.
Particle Production in Strong Electromagnetic Fields in Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collisions
Tuchin, Kirill
2013-01-01
I reviewmore » the origin and properties of electromagnetic fields produced in heavy-ion collisions. The field strength immediately after a collision is proportional to the collision energy and reaches ~ m π 2 at RHIC and ~ 10 m π 2 at LHC. I demonstrate by explicit analytical calculation that after dropping by about one-two orders of magnitude during the first fm/c of plasma expansion, it freezes out and lasts for as long as quark-gluon plasma lives as a consequence of finite electrical conductivity of the plasma. Magnetic field breaks spherical symmetry in the direction perpendicular to the reaction plane, and therefore all kinetic coefficients are anisotropic. I examine viscosity of QGP and show that magnetic field induces azimuthal anisotropy on plasma flow even in spherically symmetric geometry. Very strong electromagnetic field has an important impact on particle production. I discuss the problem of energy loss and polarization of fast fermions due to synchrotron radiation, consider photon decay induced by magnetic field, elucidate J / ψ dissociation via Lorentz ionization mechanism, and examine electromagnetic radiation by plasma. I conclude that all processes in QGP are affected by strong electromagnetic field and call for experimental investigation.« less
Rapidity profile of the initial energy density in heavy-ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Özönder, Şener; Fries, Rainer J.
2014-03-01
The rapidity dependence of the initial energy density in heavy-ion collisions is calculated from a three-dimensional McLerran-Venugopalan model introduced by Lam and Mahlon. This model is infrared safe since global color neutrality is enforced. In this framework, the nuclei have nonzero thickness in the longitudinal direction. This leads to Bjorken-x-dependent unintegrated gluon distribution functions, which in turn result in a rapidity-dependent initial energy density after the collision. These unintegrated distribution functions are substituted in the initial energy density expression, which has been derived for the boost-invariant case. We argue that using three-dimensional (x-dependent) unintegrated distribution functions together with the boost-invariant energy formula is consistent given that the overlap of the two nuclei lasts less than the natural time scale for the evolution of the fields (1/Qs) after the collision. The initial energy density and its rapidity dependence are important initial conditions for the quark gluon plasma and its hydrodynamic evolution.
Fluctuations in charged particle multiplicities in relativistic heavy-ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Mukherjee, Maitreyee; Basu, Sumit; Choudhury, Subikash; Nayak, Tapan K.
2016-08-01
Multiplicity distributions of charged particles and their event-by-event fluctuations have been compiled for relativistic heavy-ion collisions from the available experimental data at Brookhaven National Laboratory and CERN and also by the use of an event generator. Multiplicity fluctuations are sensitive to QCD phase transition and to the presence of a critical point in the QCD phase diagram. In addition, multiplicity fluctuations provide baselines for other event-by-event measurements. Multiplicity fluctuation expressed in terms of the scaled variance of the multiplicity distribution is an intensive quantity, but is sensitive to the volume fluctuation of the system. The importance of the choice of narrow centrality bins and the corrections of the centrality bin-width effect for controlling volume fluctuations have been discussed. It is observed that the mean and width of the multiplicity distributions monotonically increase as functions of increasing centrality at all collision energies, whereas the multiplicity fluctuations show minimal variations with centrality. The beam-energy dependence shows that the multiplicity fluctuations have a slow rise at lower collision energies and remain constant at higher energies.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Akkelin, S. V.; Sinyukov, Yu. M.
2014-03-01
Despite the fact that a system created in relativistic heavy ion collisions is an isolated quantum system, which cannot increase its entropy in the course of unitary quantum evolution, hydrodynamical analysis of experimental data seems to indicate that the matter formed in the collisions is thermalized very quickly. Based on common consideration of hydrodynamics as an effective theory in the domain of slow- and long-length modes, we discuss the physical mechanisms responsible for the decoherence and emergence of the hydrodynamic behavior in such collisions, and demonstrate how such physical mechanisms work in the case of the scalar field model. We obtain the evolution equation for the Wigner function of a long-wavelength subsystem that describes its decoherence, isotropization, and approach to thermal equilibrium induced by interaction with short-wavelength modes. Our analysis supports the idea that decoherence, quantum-to-classical transition, and thermalization in isolated quantum systems are attributed to the experimental context, and are related to a particular procedure of decomposition of the whole quantum system into relevant and irrelevant from an observational viewpoint subsystems.
Li Qingfeng; Shen Caiwan; Guo Chenchen; Wang Yongjia; Li Zhuxia; Lukasik, J.; Trautmann, W.
2011-04-15
The updated ultrarelativistic quantum molecular dynamics (UrQMD) model, a microscopic transport model, is used to study the directed and elliptic collective flows and the nuclear stopping in Au+Au collisions at incident energies covered by INDRA and lower-energy FOPI experiments. It is seen clearly that these observables are sensitive to both the potential terms (including isoscalar and isovector parts as well as the momentum dependent term) in the equation of state (EoS) and the collision term [including the Pauli blocking and the medium-modified nucleon-nucleon elastic cross section (NNECS)]. The momentum modifications of both, the mean-field potentials and the density dependent NNECS, are found to affect the collectivity of heavy-ion collisions. At INDRA energies ({<=}150 MeV/nucleon) the dynamic transport with a soft EoS with momentum dependence and with the momentum-modified density-dependent NNECS describes the directed flow exhibited by hydrogen isotopes (Z=1) emitted at midrapidity fairly well.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Sangaline, Evan; Pratt, Scott
2016-02-01
Recent work has provided the means to rigorously determine properties of superhadronic matter from experimental data through the application of broad scale modeling of high-energy nuclear collisions within a Bayesian framework. These studies have provided unprecedented statistical inferences about the physics underlying nuclear collisions by virtue of simultaneously considering a wide range of model parameters and experimental observables. Notably, this approach has been used to constrain both the QCD equation of state and the shear viscosity above the quark-hadron transition. Although the inferences themselves have a clear meaning, the complex nature of the relationships between model parameters and observables has remained relatively obscure. We present here a novel extension of the standard Bayesian Markov-chain Monte Carlo approach that allows for the quantitative determination of how inferences of model parameters are driven by experimental measurements and their uncertainties. This technique is then applied in the context of heavy-ion collisions in order to explore previous results in greater depth. The resulting relationships are useful for identifying model weaknesses, prioritizing future experimental measurements, and, most importantly, developing an intuition for the roles that different observables play in constraining our understanding of the underlying physics.
Hadronic and partonic sources of direct photons in relativistic heavy-ion collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Linnyk, O.; Konchakovski, V.; Steinert, T.; Cassing, W.; Bratkovskaya, E. L.
2015-11-01
The direct photon spectra and flow (v2, v3) in heavy-ion collisions at CERN Super Proton Synchrotron, BNL Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, and CERN Large Hadron Collider energies are investigated within a relativistic transport approach incorporating both hadronic and partonic phases, the parton-hadron-string dynamics (PHSD). In the present work, four extensions are introduced compared to our previous calculations: (i) going beyond the soft-photon approximation (SPA) in the calculation of the bremsstrahlung processes meson +meson →meson +meson +γ , (ii) quantifying the suppression owing to the Landau-Pomeranchuk-Migdal (LPM) coherence effect, (iii) adding the additional channels V +N →N +γ and Δ →N +γ , and (iv) providing PHSD calculations for Pb +Pb collisions at √{sN N}=2.76 TeV . The first issue extends the applicability of the bremsstrahlung calculations to higher photon energies to understand the relevant sources in the region pT=0.5 -1.5 GeV , while the LPM correction turns out to be important for pT<0.4 GeV in the partonic phase. The results suggest that a large elliptic flow v2 of the direct photons signals a significant contribution of photons produced in interactions of secondary mesons and baryons in the late (hadronic) stage of the heavy-ion collision. To further differentiate the origin of the direct photon azimuthal asymmetry (late hadron interactions vs electromagnetic fields in the initial stage), we provide predictions for the photon spectra, elliptic flow, and triangular flow v3(pT) of direct photons at different centralities to be tested by the experimental measurements at the LHC energies. Additionally, we illustrate the magnitude of the photon production in the partonic and hadronic phases as functions of time and local energy density. Finally, the "cocktail" method for an estimation of the background photon elliptic flow, which is widely used in the experimental works, is supported by the calculations within the PHSD transport