Numerical studies of QGP instabilities and implications
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Because of the flat initial shape of the QGP in a heavy-ion collision, the momentum distribution becomes anisotropic after a short time. This leads to plasma instabilities, which may help explain how the plasma isotropizes. We explain the physics of instabilities and give the latest results of numerical simulations into their evolution. Non-Abelian interactions cut off the size to which the soft unstable fields grow, and energy in the soft fields subsequently cascades towards more ultraviolet scales. We present first results for the power spectrum of this cascade.
PACS.12.38.Mh Quark-gluon plasma 11.10.Wx Finite-temperature field theory 11.15.Ha Lattice gauge theory
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