Quantifying initial state fluctuations in heavy ion collisions


Journal Article

Quantum fluctuations induce interesting structures in the initial state profiles for hydrodynamic calculations of the hot and dense quark-gluon plasma phase of heavy ion collisions. Especially, after the discovery of non-zero odd higher flow coefficients, there has been a lot of theoretical effort to quantify the correlation lengths of energy density fluctuations. A new method to characterize initial state profiles based on a 2D Fourier analysis is presented and an outlook on how this analysis can lead to a better quantitative understanding of the properties of hot and dense nuclear matter is given.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

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

Published Date

  • October 21, 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 6 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 797 - 802

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1899-2358

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.5506/APhysPolBSupp.6.797

Citation Source

  • Scopus