Aug 12 – 18, 2012
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Non-linear anisotropic flow with ideal and viscous hydrodynamics

Aug 14, 2012, 3:35 PM
Regency 2/3

Regency 2/3


Mr Li Yan (Stony Brook University)


The particle spectrum from RHIC and LHC can be decomposed into harmonic series that defines the dipolar flow $v_1$, the elliptic flow $v_2$, the triangular flow $v_3$, and $v_4$, and $v_5$ etc. To understand the origin of higher order harmonics, we extend the linear response formalism for anisotropic flow to include the non-linear response which results from the interactions between the lowest harmonics and the elliptic flow. For example, $v_{5(23)}/(\epsilon_2 \epsilon_3)$ records the $v_5$ generated by the non-linear interactions between $v_2$ and $v_3$. Ideal and viscous hydrodynamic calculations show that the non-linear response becomes dominant for n=4 and n=5 in non-central collisions. This trend is much more pronounced for viscous hydrodynamics where the linear response for n=4 and n=5 is negligible.

Primary author

Prof. Derek Teaney (Stony Brook University)


Mr Li Yan (Stony Brook University)

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