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Title: Weak and strong coupling equilibration in nonabelian gauge theories

In this study, we present a direct comparison studying equilibration through kinetic theory at weak coupling and through holography at strong coupling in the same set-up. The set-up starts with a homogeneous thermal state, which then smoothly transitions through an out-of-equilibrium phase to an expanding system undergoing boost-invariant flow. This first apples-to-apples comparison of equilibration provides a benchmark for similar equilibration processes in heavy-ion collisions, where the equilibration mechanism is still under debate. We find that results at weak and strong coupling can be smoothly connected by simple, empirical power-laws for the viscosity, equilibration time and entropy production of the system.
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4] ;  [5]
  1. European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva (Switzerland)
  2. European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva (Switzerland); Univ. of Stavanger, Stavanger (Norway)
  3. Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States)
  4. Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA (United States)
  5. Univ. of Jyvaskyla (Finland)
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
SC0008132; SC0011090
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of High Energy Physics (Online)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Journal of High Energy Physics (Online); Journal Volume: 2016; Journal Issue: 4; Journal ID: ISSN 1029-8479
Springer Berlin
Research Org:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
Country of Publication:
United States
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; AdS-CFT correspondence; holography and quark-gluon plasmas; perturbative; QCD; quark-gluon plasma
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