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Title: Chiral magnetic and vortical effects in high-energy nuclear collisions—A status report

Here, the interplay of quantum anomalies with magnetic field and vorticity results in a variety of novel non-dissipative transport phenomena in systems with chiral fermions, including the quark–gluon plasma. Among them is the Chiral Magnetic Effect (CME)—the generation of electric current along an external magnetic field induced by chirality imbalance. Because the chirality imbalance is related to the global topology of gauge fields, the CME current is topologically protected and hence non-dissipative even in the presence of strong interactions. As a result, the CME and related quantum phenomena affect the hydrodynamical and transport behavior of strongly coupled quark–gluon plasma, and can be studied in relativistic heavy ion collisions where strong magnetic fields are created by the colliding ions. Evidence for the CME and related phenomena has been reported by the STAR Collaboration at Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at BNL, and by the ALICE Collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. The goal of the present review is to provide an elementary introduction into the physics of anomalous chiral effects, to describe the current status of experimental studies in heavy ion physics, and to outline the future work, both in experiment and theory, needed to eliminate the existing uncertainties inmore » the interpretation of the data.« less
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  1. Stony Brook Univ., Stony Brook, NY (United States); Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
  2. Indiana Univ., Bloomington, IN (United States); Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
  3. Wayne State Univ., Detroit, MI (United States)
  4. Univ. of California, Los Angeles, CA (United States)
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 0146-6410; R&D Project: PO-3
Grant/Contract Number:
SC00112704; FG-88ER40388; SC0012704; FG02-92ER-40713; FG02-88ER40424
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Progress in Particle and Nuclear Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 88; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0146-6410
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). RIKEN Research Center
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Nuclear Physics (NP) (SC-26)
Country of Publication:
United States
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; Riken BNL Research Center; chiral magnetic effect; chiral vortical effect; chiral anomaly; quark-gluon plasma; heavy ion collisions
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OSTI ID: 1359799