Feb 5 – 11, 2017
Hyatt Regency Chicago
America/Chicago timezone

Relaxation times of shear and bulk viscosities from Kubo formulas

Feb 8, 2017, 10:40 AM
Regency C

Regency C


Alina Czajka (McGill University)


The shear and the bulk relaxation times are important ingredients of the second order hydrodynamics whose success in heavy ion phenomenology is unquestioned. Unlike viscosites themselves, field theoretical calculations of the relaxation times are hard to come by in literature, especially for the bulk relaxation time. In this work, we report two field-theoretical analyses involving the shear and the bulk relaxation time. First, by carefully examining the analytic structure of the stress-energy tensor response functions, we have been able to derive, for the first time, a Kubo formula involving both the shear and the bulk relaxation times. Second, by evaluating the Kubo formula within the massless scalar theory, we have so far been able to calculate the shear relaxation time in a simple form. We will then show how this calculation can be extended to calculate the bulk relaxation time as well.

Collaboration Not applicable
Preferred Track New Theoretical Developments

Primary author

Alina Czajka (McGill University)

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