The sound generated by a fast parton in the quark-gluon plasma is a crescendo


Journal Article

The total energy deposited into the medium per unit length by a fast parton traversing a quarkgluon plasma is calculated. We take the medium excitation due to collisions to be given by the well known expression for the collisional drag force. The parton's radiative energy loss contributes to the energy deposition because each radiated gluon acts as an additional source of collisional energy loss in the medium. In our model, this leads to a length dependence on the differential energy loss due to the interactions of radiated gluons with the medium. The final result, which is a sum of the primary and the secondary contributions, is then treated as the coefficient of a local hydrodynamic source term. Results are presented for energy density wave induced by two fast, back-to-back partons created in an initial hard interaction. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Neufeld, RB; Müller, B

Published Date

  • November 1, 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 830 / 1-4

Start / End Page

  • 789c - 792c

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0375-9474

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.nuclphysa.2009.10.072

Citation Source

  • Scopus