Thermal rates for baryon and antibaryon production

Joseph Kapusta, Igor Shovkovy

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We use a form of the fluctuation-dissipation theorem to derive formulas giving the rate of production of spin-[Formula Presented] baryons in terms of the fluctuations of either meson or quark fields. The most general formulas do not assume thermal or chemical equilibrium. When evaluated in a thermal ensemble we find equilibration times on the order of [Formula Presented] near the critical temperature in QCD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number014901
Pages (from-to)014901-1-014901-12
Number of pages12
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2003


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