Nuclear Physics & RIKEN Theory Seminar

"Is the scaling of v2 in heavy ion collisions natural?"

Presented by Giorgio Torrieri, JW Goethe Universitaet, Frankfort, Germany

Friday, April 9, 2010, 2:00 pm — Small Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

We examine the "naturalness" of the scaling of multiplicity and elliptic flow $v_2$ with rapidity in weakly and strongly coupled systems. We show that multiplicity scaling is relatively straight-forward to incorporate in existing ansatze with no unnatural assumptions, and argue that this scaling is relatively insensitive to the transport properties of the system. On the other hand, we argue that the observed scaling of elliptic flow observed is problematic to describe within a hydrodynamic model (the Knudsen number $K \ll 1$), but arises more naturally within weakly coupled systems (where the Knudsen number $\sim 1$). We conclude by an overview of ways proposed to make weakly coupled systems compatible with the absolute value of elliptic flow, and by indicating experimental probes which could clarify these issues

Hosted by: Kevin Dusling

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