The European Physical Journal A

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 111–117 | Cite as

Diffusion or bounce back in relativistic heavy-ion collisions?

  • G. WolschinEmail author
  • M. Biyajima
  • T. Mizoguchi
Regular Article - Theoretical Physics


The time evolution of pseudorapidity distributions of produced charged hadrons in d + Au collisions at \( \sqrt{{s_{NN}}}\) = 200 GeV is investigated. Results of a nonequilibrium statistical relativistic diffusion model with three sources are compared with a macroscopic “bounce-back” model that does not allow for statistical equilibration at large times, but instead leads to motion reversal. When compared to the data, the results of the diffusion approach are more precise, thus emphasizing that the system is observed to be on its way to thermal equilibrium.


25.75.-q Relativistic heavy-ion collisions 24.60.Ky Fluctuation phenomena 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.School of General EducationShinshu UniversityMatsumotoJapan
  3. 3.Toba National College of Maritime TechnologyTobaJapan

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