Transverse baryon flow as possible evidence for a quark-gluon-plasma phase

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Journal Article

In order to investigate the coupling between collective flow of nucleons and pions in hot pion-dominated hadronic matter, we calculate the pion-nucleon drag coefficient in linearized transport theory. We find that the characteristic time for flow equalization is longer than the time scale of the expansion of a hardonic fireball created in high-energy collisions. The analysis of transverse-momentum data from p+p collisions at s =1.8 TeV reveals the same flow velocity for mesons and antinucleons. We argue that this may be evidence for the formation of a quark-gluon plasma in these collisions. © 1991 The American Physical Society.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lévai, P; Müller, B

Published Date

  • January 1, 1991

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 67 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 1519 - 1522

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0031-9007

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1103/PhysRevLett.67.1519

Citation Source

  • Scopus