Thermalization of charm quarks in infinite and finite quark-gluon plasma matter


Journal Article

We study the thermalization process of charm quarks in hot and dense matter. The diffusion of heavy quarks is calculated via a Langevin equation, both for a static medium as well as for a quark-gluon plasma (QGP) medium generated by a (3+1)-dimensional hydrodynamic model. We define two criteria for the thermalization of the heavy quarks and observe thermalization times that are longer than the lifetime of the QGP phase for reasonable values of the diffusion constant. © 2011 American Physical Society.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cao, S; Bass, SA

Published Date

  • December 2, 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 84 / 6

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1089-490X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0556-2813

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1103/PhysRevC.84.064902

Citation Source

  • Scopus