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Title: Time-dependent observables in heavy ion collisions. Part I. Setting up the formalism

Abstract

We adapt the Schwinger-Keldysh formalism to study heavy-ion collisions in perturbative QCD. Employing the formalism, we calculate the two-point gluon correlation function Gaμ, bν22 due to the lowest-order classical gluon fields in the McLerran-Venugopalan model of heavy ion collisions and observe an interesting transition from the classical fields to the quasi-particle picture at later times. Motivated by this observation, we push the formalism to higher orders in the coupling and calculate the contribution to Gaμ, bν22 coming from the diagrams representing a single rescattering between two of the produced gluons. We assume that the two gluons go on mass shell both before and after the rescattering. The result of our calculation depends on which region of integration over the proper time of the rescattering τZ gives the correct correlation function at late proper time τ when the gluon distribution is measured. For (i) τZ >> 1/Qs and τ - τZ >> 1/Qs (with Qs the saturation scale) we obtain the same results as from the Boltzmann equation. For (ii) τ - τZ >> τZ >> 1/Qs we end up with a result very different from kinetic theory and consistent with a picture of “free-streaming” particles. Due to the approximations made,more » our calculation is too coarse to indicate whether the region (i) or (ii) is the correct one: to resolve this controversy, we shall present a detailed diagrammatic calculation of the rescattering correction in the φ4 theory in the second paper of this duplex.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [1]
  1. The Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States). Dept. of Physics
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Research Org.:
The Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Nuclear Physics (NP) (SC-26)
OSTI Identifier:
1506450
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC0004286
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of High Energy Physics (Online)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Journal of High Energy Physics (Online); Journal Volume: 2018; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 1029-8479
Publisher:
Springer Berlin
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; Perturbative QCD; Quark-Gluon Plasma

Citation Formats

Wu, Bin, and Kovchegov, Yuri V. Time-dependent observables in heavy ion collisions. Part I. Setting up the formalism. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1007/jhep03(2018)158.
Wu, Bin, & Kovchegov, Yuri V. Time-dependent observables in heavy ion collisions. Part I. Setting up the formalism. United States. doi:10.1007/jhep03(2018)158.
Wu, Bin, and Kovchegov, Yuri V. Mon . "Time-dependent observables in heavy ion collisions. Part I. Setting up the formalism". United States. doi:10.1007/jhep03(2018)158. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1506450.
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author = {Wu, Bin and Kovchegov, Yuri V.},
abstractNote = {We adapt the Schwinger-Keldysh formalism to study heavy-ion collisions in perturbative QCD. Employing the formalism, we calculate the two-point gluon correlation function Gaμ, bν22 due to the lowest-order classical gluon fields in the McLerran-Venugopalan model of heavy ion collisions and observe an interesting transition from the classical fields to the quasi-particle picture at later times. Motivated by this observation, we push the formalism to higher orders in the coupling and calculate the contribution to Gaμ, bν22 coming from the diagrams representing a single rescattering between two of the produced gluons. We assume that the two gluons go on mass shell both before and after the rescattering. The result of our calculation depends on which region of integration over the proper time of the rescattering τZ gives the correct correlation function at late proper time τ when the gluon distribution is measured. For (i) τZ >> 1/Qs and τ - τZ >> 1/Qs (with Qs the saturation scale) we obtain the same results as from the Boltzmann equation. For (ii) τ - τZ >> τZ >> 1/Qs we end up with a result very different from kinetic theory and consistent with a picture of “free-streaming” particles. Due to the approximations made, our calculation is too coarse to indicate whether the region (i) or (ii) is the correct one: to resolve this controversy, we shall present a detailed diagrammatic calculation of the rescattering correction in the φ4 theory in the second paper of this duplex.},
doi = {10.1007/jhep03(2018)158},
journal = {Journal of High Energy Physics (Online)},
number = 3,
volume = 2018,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {3}
}

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