Classification of initial state granularity via 2D Fourier expansion


Journal Article

A new method for quantifying fluctuations in the initial state of heavy ion collisions is presented. The initial state energy distribution is decomposed with a set of orthogonal basis functions which include both angular and radial variation. The resulting two-dimensional Fourier coefficients provide additional information about the nature of the initial state fluctuations compared to a purely angular decomposition. We apply this method to ensembles of initial states generated by both Glauber and color glass condensate Monte-Carlo codes. In addition initial state configurations with varying amounts of fluctuations generated by a dynamic transport approach are analyzed to test the sensitivity of the procedure. The results allow for a full characterization of the initial state structures that is useful to discriminate the different initial state models currently in use. Communicated by Steffen Bass © 2013 IOP Publishing Ltd.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Coleman-Smith, CE; Petersen, H; Wolpert, RL

Published Date

  • September 1, 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 40 / 9

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1361-6471

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0954-3899

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1088/0954-3899/40/9/095103

Citation Source

  • Scopus