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Quantifying initial state fluctuations in heavy ion collisions

  • Author(s): Petersen, H
  • Coleman-Smith, CE
  • Wolpert, RL
  • et al.

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http://www.actaphys.uj.edu.pl/fulltext?series=Sup&vol=6&page=797
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Abstract

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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