Global analysis of relativistic heavy-ion collisions

J. Kapusta, D. Strottman

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Abstract

A global analysis of relativistic heavy-ion collisions is proposed which entails a measurement of the momentum of all emitted particles. The resultant thrust is a measure of final-state momentum flow and provides information on the global dynamics governing the collisions. This proposal is tested with a relativistic hydrodynamic model for collisions of equal-mass nuclei. The angle at which the thrust, or maximal directed momentum flow, occurs is O° CM for grazing collisions and increases monotonically to 90° CM for central collisions. Experimental observation of this dramatic behaviour would imply a mean free path much less than the size of the colliding nuclei.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-37
Number of pages5
JournalPhysics Letters B
Volume106
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 29 1981

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Global analysis of relativistic heavy-ion collisions. / Kapusta, J.; Strottman, D.

In: Physics Letters B, Vol. 106, No. 1-2, 29.10.1981, p. 33-37.

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Kapusta, J. ; Strottman, D. / Global analysis of relativistic heavy-ion collisions. In: Physics Letters B. 1981 ; Vol. 106, No. 1-2. pp. 33-37.
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