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Title: Photon Hanbury-Brown-Twiss interferometry for noncentral heavy-ion collisions

Abstract

Currently, the only known way to obtain experimental information about the space-time structure of a heavy-ion collision is through two-particle momentum correlations. Azimuthally sensitive Hanbury-Brown-Twiss (HBT) intensity interferometry can complement elliptic flow measurements by constraining the spatial deformation of the source and its time evolution. Performing these measurements on photons allows us to access the fireball evolution at earlier times than with hadrons. Using ideal hydrodynamics to model the space-time evolution of the collision fireball, we explore theoretically various aspects of two-photon intensity interferometry with transverse momenta up to 2 GeV, in particular the azimuthal angle dependence of the HBT radii in noncentral collisions. We highlight the dual nature of thermal photon emission, in both central and noncentral collisions, resulting from the superposition of QGP and hadron resonance gas photon production. This signature is present in both the thermal photon source function and the HBT radii extracted from Gaussian fits of the two-photon correlation function.

Authors:
;  [1]
  1. Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455 (United States) and Department of Physics, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
21293968
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Physical Review. C, Nuclear Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 80; Journal Issue: 4; Other Information: DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevC.80.044903; (c) 2009 The American Physical Society; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Journal ID: ISSN 0556-2813
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
73 NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RADIATION PHYSICS; COLLISIONS; CORRELATION FUNCTIONS; CORRELATIONS; EVOLUTION; GEV RANGE 01-10; HADRONS; HEAVY ION REACTIONS; HYDRODYNAMIC MODEL; INTERFEROMETRY; PARTICLE PRODUCTION; PHOTON EMISSION; PHOTONS; RESONANCE; SPACE-TIME; TRANSVERSE MOMENTUM

Citation Formats

Frodermann, Evan, Heinz, Ulrich, and Department of Physics, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210. Photon Hanbury-Brown-Twiss interferometry for noncentral heavy-ion collisions. United States: N. p., 2009. Web. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVC.80.044903.
Frodermann, Evan, Heinz, Ulrich, & Department of Physics, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210. Photon Hanbury-Brown-Twiss interferometry for noncentral heavy-ion collisions. United States. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVC.80.044903.
Frodermann, Evan, Heinz, Ulrich, and Department of Physics, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210. Thu . "Photon Hanbury-Brown-Twiss interferometry for noncentral heavy-ion collisions". United States. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVC.80.044903.
@article{osti_21293968,
title = {Photon Hanbury-Brown-Twiss interferometry for noncentral heavy-ion collisions},
author = {Frodermann, Evan and Heinz, Ulrich and Department of Physics, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210},
abstractNote = {Currently, the only known way to obtain experimental information about the space-time structure of a heavy-ion collision is through two-particle momentum correlations. Azimuthally sensitive Hanbury-Brown-Twiss (HBT) intensity interferometry can complement elliptic flow measurements by constraining the spatial deformation of the source and its time evolution. Performing these measurements on photons allows us to access the fireball evolution at earlier times than with hadrons. Using ideal hydrodynamics to model the space-time evolution of the collision fireball, we explore theoretically various aspects of two-photon intensity interferometry with transverse momenta up to 2 GeV, in particular the azimuthal angle dependence of the HBT radii in noncentral collisions. We highlight the dual nature of thermal photon emission, in both central and noncentral collisions, resulting from the superposition of QGP and hadron resonance gas photon production. This signature is present in both the thermal photon source function and the HBT radii extracted from Gaussian fits of the two-photon correlation function.},
doi = {10.1103/PHYSREVC.80.044903},
journal = {Physical Review. C, Nuclear Physics},
issn = {0556-2813},
number = 4,
volume = 80,
place = {United States},
year = {2009},
month = {10}
}