13-19 May 2018
Venice, Italy
Europe/Zurich timezone
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The Specific Shear Viscosity of a Hot Hadron Gas

15 May 2018, 17:00
2h 40m
First floor and third floor (Palazzo del Casinò)

First floor and third floor

Palazzo del Casinò

Poster Collective dynamics Poster Session


Rainer Fries (Texas A&M University)


We extract the specific shear viscosity eta/s of nuclear matter in the hadronic phase for various temperatures and chemical potentials from data. We use a blastwave parameterization of the final state of high energy nuclear collisions, including non-equilibrium deformations of particle distributions due to shear stress in the Navier-Stokes approximation. We apply a Bayesian analysis to spectra and elliptic flow of identified hadrons for a variety of collision energies and centralities at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) and the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The systems analyzed cover a temperature range from about 110 to 145 MeV and vary in their chemical potentials for hadrons. We find that eta/s falls from about 6/(4pi) at lower temperatures to close to the proposed quantum bound 1/(4pi) at higher temperatures. We attempt to assign meaningful systematic uncertainties to our results. This work is complementary to efforts using viscous fluid dynamics to extract the specific shear viscosity of quark gluon plasma at higher temperatures.

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Rainer Fries (Texas A&M University) zhidong yang (Texas A&M University)

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