Center Domains and Their Phenomenological Consequences in Ultrarelativistic Heavy Ion Collisions

May 20, 2014, 11:10 AM
platinum (darmstadtium)



Schlossgraben 1 64283 Darmstadt Germany
Contributed Talk New Theoretical Developments New theoretical developments


Masayuki Asakawa (Osaka University)


In this talk, we first argue that a domain structure, which can be inferred from the properties of the Polyakov loop and and is called center domains, is created in the deconfined QCD matter in the early stage of ultrarelativistic heavy ion collisions. Its formation is assisted by the gauge configuration in the glasma state created right after the collisions. Then we show that the center domains are an important facet of the evolution of the quark-gluon plasma from its birth up to hadronization. They naturally explain the strongly coupled nature of the quark gluon plasma including its major observed properties from its nearly ideal hydrodynamical behavior to strong jet quenching.

Primary author

Masayuki Asakawa (Osaka University)


Berndt Mueller (Duke University) Prof. Steffen A. Bass (Duke University)

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