Signals of a Weibel instability in the melting color glass condensate

  • P. RomatschkeEmail author
  • R. Venugopalan
Quark-Gluon-Plasma Thermalization


Based on our work hep-ph/0510121, we discuss further the numerical study of classical SU(2) 3+1-D Yang-Mills equations for matter produced in a high-energy heavy-ion collision. The growth of the amplitude of fluctuations as exp(Γ\( \sqrt{{g^2\mu\tau}}\)) (where g 2μ is a scale arising from the saturation of gluons in the nuclear wave function) is shown to be robust over a wide range of initial amplitudes that violate boost invariance. We argue that this growth is due to a non-Abelian Weibel instability, the scale of which is set by a dynamically generated plasmon mass. We discuss the relation of Γ to the prediction from kinetic theory.


25.75.Nq Quark deconfinement, quark-gluon plasma production, and phase transitions 11.10.Wx Finite-temperature field theory 12.38.Mh Quark-gluon plasma 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fakultät für PhysikUniversität BielefeldBielefeldGermany
  2. 2.Physics DepartmentBrookhaven National LaboratoryUptonUSA

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