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Probing the transverse size of initial inhomogeneities with flow observables

May 16, 2018, 12:10 PM
Sala Mosaici-1, 3rd Floor (Palazzo del Casinò)

Sala Mosaici-1, 3rd Floor

Palazzo del Casinò

Parallel Talk Collective dynamics Collective dynamics


Frederique Grassi


Disentangling the effect of initial conditions and medium properties is an open question in the field of relativistic heavy-ion collisions. We argue that, while one can study the impact of initial inhomogeneities by varying their size, it is important to maintain the global properties fixed.

We present a method to do this by systematically smoothening the initial conditions, and apply it to four common initial condition models. We show that many observables are insensitive to the the hot spot sizes, including integrated $v_n$, scaled distributions of $v_n$, symmetric cumulants, event-plane correlations, and differential $v_n(p_T)$. We find however that the factorization breaking ratio $r_n$ and sub-leading component in a Principal Component Analysis are more sensitive to the initial granularity and can be used to probe short-scale features of the initial density.

Reference: article submitted to arXiv

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Content type Theory

Primary author


Fernando Gardim Mr Pedro Ishida (Universidade de São Paulo-Brazil) Matthew Luzum Mr Pablo Magalhães (Universidade de Alfenas-Brazil) Prof. Jacquelyn Noronha-Hostler (Rutgers University)

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