May 13 – 19, 2018
Venice, Italy
Europe/Zurich timezone
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Initial Energy-Momentum Conservation and its Role in Particle Emission in A+A Collisions

May 15, 2018, 5:00 PM
2h 40m
First floor and third floor (Palazzo del Casinò)

First floor and third floor

Palazzo del Casinò

Poster New theoretical developments Poster Session


Nikolaos Davis (Polish Academy of Sciences (PL))


Our presentation will be based on our recent paper [1].

We construct a new, simple model of the heavy ion collision, local in the impact parameter plane. This model can be regarded as a new realization of the ``fire-streak'' approach, originally applied to studies of lower energy nucleus-nucleus reactions.

Starting from local energy and momentum conservation, we provide a full description of the centrality dependence of pion rapidity spectra in Pb+Pb collisions at $\sqrt{s_{NN}}=17.3$ GeV. In particular we also explain the broadening of this distribution when going from central to peripheral collisions.

The results of our calculations are compared to SPS experimental data. We discuss the resulting implications on the role of energy and momentum conservation for the successive stages of the A+A collision, and for the dynamics of subsequent particle production.

A specific space-time picture emerges, where the longitudinal evolution of the system strongly depends on the position in the impact parameter (${b_x}$, ${b_y}$) plane. In non-central collisions we predict the existence of ``streams'' of excited matter moving very close to the spectator system in configuration $(x,y,z)$ space.

This picture is consistent with our earlier findings on the longitudinal evolution of the system as deduced from electromagnetic effects on charged pion directed flow [2], and can provide an explanation for specific low-$p_T$ phenomena seen in the fragmentation region of Pb+Pb collisions which we also address in this talk. We present our conclusions on the link between the initial stage of the A+A collision and the final state observables connected to strong and electromagnetic phenomena.

[1] A. Szczurek, M. Kielbowicz and A. Rybicki, Phys. Rev. C 95 (2017), 024908.

[2] A. Rybicki and A. Szczurek, Phys. Rev. C 87 (2013), 054909.

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Primary authors

Prof. Antoni Szczurek (Institute of Nuclear Physics) Prof. Andrzej Rybicki (Polish Academy of Sciences (PL)) Mr Miroslaw Marek Kielbowicz (Polish Academy of Sciences (PL))

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