Hadron spectra and elliptic flow for 200 A GeV Au+Au collisions from viscous hydrodynamics coupled to a Boltzmann cascade


Journal Article

It is shown that the recently developed hybrid code VISHNU, which couples a relativistic viscous fluid dynamical description of the quark-gluon plasma (QGP) with a microscopic Boltzmann cascade for the late hadronic rescattering stage, yields an excellent description of charged and identified hadron spectra and elliptic flow measured in 200 A GeV Au+Au collisions at the Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collider (RHIC). Using initial conditions that incorporate event-by-event fluctuations in the initial shape and orientation of the collision fireball and values η/s for the specific shear viscosity of the quark-gluon plasma that were recently extracted from the measured centrality dependence of the eccentricity-scaled, pT-integrated charged hadron elliptic flow v2,ch/, we obtain universally good agreement between theory and experiment for the pT spectra and differential elliptic flow v2(pT) for both pions and protons at all collision centralities. © 2011 American Physical Society.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Song, H; Bass, SA; Heinz, U; Hirano, T; Shen, C

Published Date

  • May 25, 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 83 / 5

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1089-490X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0556-2813

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1103/PhysRevC.83.054910

Citation Source

  • Scopus