Journal of High Energy Physics

, 2015:135 | Cite as

Universal hydrodynamic flow in holographic planar shock collisions

  • Paul M. Chesler
  • Niki Kilbertus
  • Wilke van der Schee
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Regular Article - Theoretical Physics


We study the collision of planar shock waves in AdS5 as a function of shock profile. In the dual field theory the shock waves describe planar sheets of energy whose collision results in the formation of a plasma which behaves hydrodynamically at late times. We find that the post-collision stress tensor near the light cone exhibits transient non-universal behavior which depends on both the shock width and the precise functional form of the shock profile. However, over a large range of shock widths, including those which yield qualitative different behavior near the future light cone, and for different shock profiles, we find universal behavior in the subsequent hydrodynamic evolution. Additionally, we compute the rapidity distribution of produced particles and find it to be well described by a Gaussian.


Quark-Gluon Plasma Gauge-gravity correspondence AdS-CFT Correspondence Holography and quark-gluon plasmas 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul M. Chesler
    • 1
  • Niki Kilbertus
    • 2
  • Wilke van der Schee
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsHarvard UniversityCambridgeU.S.A.
  2. 2.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität RegensburgRegensburgGermany
  3. 3.Center for Theoretical PhysicsMITCambridgeU.S.A.

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