Extracting hadronic viscosity from microscopic transport models


Journal Article

Ultrarelativistic heavy-ion collisions at the Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collider (RHIC) are thought to have created a Quark-Gluon Plasma, characterized by a very small shear viscosity to entropy density ratio η/s, close to the lower bound predicted for that quantity by string theory. However, due to the dynamics of the collision, the produced matter passes through a phase characterized by an expanding and rapidly cooling hadron gas with strongly increasing η/s. Such a rise in η/s would not be compatible with the success of (viscous) hydrodynamics, which requires a very small value of η/s throughout the full evolution of the reaction in order to successfully describe the collective flow seen in the experiments. Here we show that the inclusion of a pion-chemical potential, which is bound to arise due to the separation of chemical and kinetic freeze-out during the collision evolution, will reduce the value of η/s, and argue that introduction of other chemical potentials could ensure the successful application of (viscous) hydrodynamics to collisions at RHIC. © 2009 Springer-Verlag / Società Italiana di Fisica.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Demir, N; Bass, SA

Published Date

  • July 1, 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 62 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 63 - 68

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1434-6052

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1434-6044

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1140/epjc/s10052-009-1000-8

Citation Source

  • Scopus