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

Chiral Shock Waves

Not scheduled
2h 30m
Hyatt Regency Chicago

Hyatt Regency Chicago

151 East Wacker Drive Chicago, Illinois, USA, 60601
Board: C06


Srimoyee Sen (University of Arizona)


We study the shock waves in relativistic chiral matter. We argue that the conventional Rankine-Hugoinot relations are modified due to the presence of chiral transport phenomena. We show that the entropy discontinuity in a weak shock wave is quadratic in the pressure discontinuity when the effect of chiral transport becomes sufficiently large. We also show that rarefaction shock waves, which do not exist in usual non-chiral fluids, can appear in chiral matter. The direction of shock wave propagation in a vorticity is found to be completely determined by the direction of the vorticity and the chirality of fermions.

Preferred Track New Theoretical Developments
Collaboration Not applicable

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Srimoyee Sen (University of Arizona)

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