Dilepton production in heavy-ion collisions within the parton hadron string dynamics (PHSD) transport approach

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Théâtre National (Centre Bonlieu)

Théâtre National

Centre Bonlieu

Board: 105
Poster Electromagnetic probes


Dr Olena Linnyk (University of Giessen)


We describe heavy-ion collisions from the initial phase of colliding nuclei in their groundstates throughout the interaction phase up to the final hadronic elastic and inelastic interactions as well as hadron decays using the nonequilibrium microscopic Parton-Hadron-String Dynamics (PHSD) transport approach, which includes the off-shell dynamics of quarks, antiquarks and gluons as well as a covariant dynamical hadronization scheme in addition to the familiar (off-shell) hadronic reaction dynamics. Within PHSD the low mass dilepton sector (M<1 GeV) at SPS energies (measured by the NA60 and CERES Collaborations) is rather well described by hadronic degrees of freedom when a collisional broadening of the vector mesons (rho, omega) is incorporated; however, this no longer holds for higher masses. In the intermediate mass regime from 1 to 2 GeV, we find that the contribution from `massive' q+qbar annihilation in the sQGP phase dominantes over the hadronic channels like pi+a1, pi+omega and rho+rho for In+In reactions at 160 A GeV. On the other hand, we find a quite different pattern of the dilepton production in Au+Au collisions at the top RHIC energy of sqrt(s)=200 GeV. Here the in-medium effects for the rho and omega vector mesons do not explain the large enhancement relative to p+p collisions observed in the invariant mass regime from 0.2 to 0.6 GeV by the PHENIX Collaboration. For masses above 1 GeV at RHIC energies, we find that the decay of open charm mesons together with the dilepton radiation from partonic interactions in the sQGP phase dominate the measured spectrum.

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Dr Olena Linnyk (University of Giessen)


Dr Elena Bratkovskaya (FIAS, University Frankfurt am Main) Prof. Wolfgang Cassing (University of Giessen)

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