Nature of the photon correlation function for quark-gluon plasma

Dinesh K. Srivastava, Joseph I. Kapusta

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The correlation function for intensity interferometry of high energy photons emitted from an expanding quark-gluon plasma is examined. It is reiterated that the correlation function for identical bosons emitted from two point sources is given by 1+cos(kx) and will oscillate between 0 and 2, depending on the values of the difference in the 4-momenta of the two bosons (k) and the difference in their 4-positions (x). Integration over smooth, realistic sources, relevant for very high energy nucleus-nucleus collisions, gives a correlation function which essentially decreases monotonically from 2 to 1 as the momentum difference becomes large. The oscillatory behavior seen in a recent work for certain momentum configurations is caused by an approximation which amounts to including only those sources for which the space-time rapidities are identical to the photon rapidities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)505-508
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review C
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1994

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