Nuclear Physics & RIKEN Theory Seminar

"Universality in Early Flow at RHIC"

Presented by Joshua Vredevoogd, Michigan State University

Friday, March 13, 2009, 2:00 pm — Small Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

It was long thought that early thermalization of the hot matter created in high energy heavy ion collisions was required to simultaneously explain the large elliptic flow and the source sizes. We will show instead that for any description of the matter with a traceless stress-energy tensor - fields or particles, equilibrated or not - early flow is generated at the same level. This significantly lessens the uncertainty in modeling the early stages of the collision.

Hosted by: Gregory Soyez

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