Turbulent thermalization process in heavy-ion collisions at ultrarelativistic energies

19 May 2014, 15:00
titanium (darmstadtium)



Schlossgraben 1 64283 Darmstadt Germany
Contributed Talk Approach to Equilibrium Approach to equilibrium


Dr Sören Schlichting (Brookhaven National Lab)


When and to what extent a thermalized Quark Gluon Plasma is achieved in heavy-ion collision impacts the quantitative extraction of transport properties in the QGP. We address this problem by employing the largest to date real time classical-statistical lattice simulations. Most remarkably, we find that the thermalization process is governed by a universal attractor, where the space-time evolution of the plasma becomes independent of the initial conditions [1,2]. In this classical regime, the plasma exhibits the self-similar dynamics characteristic of wave turbulence, as observed in a large variety of strongly correlated many-body systems. We interpret the consequences of our numerical lattice results for thermalization in heavy-ion experiments. [1] J.Berges,K.Boguslavski,S.Schlichting,R.Venugopalan; arXiv:1303.5650 [hep-ph]. [2] J.Berges,K.Boguslavski,S.Schlichting,R.Venugopalan; arXiv:1311.3005 [hep-ph].

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Dr Sören Schlichting (Brookhaven National Lab)


Prof. Jürgen Berges (Univ. Heidelberg) Raju Venugopalan (Brookhaven National Laboratory)

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