Local equilibrium in heavy ion collisions: Microscopic model versus statistical model analysis


Journal Article

The assumption of local equilibrium in relativistic heavy ion collisions at energies from [Formula Presented] GeV (AGS) up to [Formula Presented] GeV (SPS) is checked in the microscopic transport model. Dynamical calculations performed for a central cell in the reaction are compared to the predictions of the thermal statistical model. We find that kinetic, thermal, and chemical equilibration of the expanding hadronic matter are nearly approached late in central collisions at AGS energy for [Formula Presented] in a central cell. At these times the equation of state may be approximated by a simple dependence [Formula Presented]. Increasing deviations of the yields and the energy spectra of hadrons from statistical model values are observed for increasing energy, [Formula Presented] GeV and [Formula Presented] GeV. These violations of local equilibrium indicate that a fully equilibrated state is not reached, not even in the central cell of heavy ion collisions at energies above [Formula Presented] GeV. The origin of these findings is traced to the multiparticle decays of strings and many-body decays of resonances. © 1999 The American Physical Society.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bravina, LV; Zabrodin, EE; Gorenstein, MI; Bass, SA; Belkacem, M; Bleicher, M; Brandstetter, M; Ernst, C; Hofmann, M; Neise, L; Soff, S; Weber, H; Stöcker, H; Greiner, W

Published Date

  • January 1, 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 60 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 14 -

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1089-490X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0556-2813

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1103/PhysRevC.60.024904

Citation Source

  • Scopus