Inhomogeneous nucleation of quark-gluon plasma in high energy nuclear collisions

Joseph I. Kapusta, Axel P. Vischer

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We estimate the probability that a hard nucleon-nucleon collision is able to nucleate a seed of quark-gluon plasma in the surrounding hot and dense hadronic matter formed during a central collision of two large nuclei at AGS energies. The probability of producing at least one such seed is on the order of 1100 %. We investigate the influence of quark-gluon plasma formation on the observed multiplicity distribution and find that it may lead to noticeable structure in the form of a bump or shoulder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2725-2732
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Review C
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1995


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