May 22 – 28, 2011
Centre Bonlieu
Europe/Zurich timezone

Some new results on high-energy "jet stopping" in AdS/CFT

May 27, 2011, 3:00 PM
Salon Berlioz AB (Imperial Palace)

Salon Berlioz AB

Imperial Palace

Salle de l'Europe, Imperial Palace
Parallel New theoretical developments Theory developments


Peter Arnold (University of Virginia)


A very basic theoretical question is: How far does a high-energy excitation travel in a quark-gluon plasma, and how does that distance scale with energy? In weak coupling, the stopping distance scales with energy as E^(1/2), up to logarithms. In strongly-coupled plasmas with gravity duals, theorists have found that the maximum stopping distance scales instead like E^(1/3). In the latter case, we show that there can be an important distinction between typical and maximum stopping distances. For the strongly-coupled excitations we study, we find that the typical stopping distance scales as E^(1/4).

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Peter Arnold (University of Virginia)


Diana Vaman (University of Virginia)

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