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Probes of the quark-gluon plasma as it might be produced in ultra-relativistic nuclear collisions

  • Larry McLerran
1. Theory of Quark Matter
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 221)

Abstract

The energy densities which might be achieved in ultrarelativistic nuclear collisions are discussed. Using these estimates, promising probes of a quark-gluon plasma as it might be produced in such collisions are reviewed. I discuss in detail the emission of photons and di-leptons. The consequences of hydrodynamic expansion and a first order phase transition are explored for the transverse momentum spectrum of hadrons. Fluctuations in the rapidity distribution of hadrons are also discussed as a possible signal for a first order phase transition. The possibilty that copious production of strange particles may signal the production of a quark-gluon plasma is critically assessed.

Keywords

Transverse Momentum Order Phase Transition Formation Time Deep Inelastic Scattering Nuclear Collision 
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  • Larry McLerran
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  1. 1.Theoretical Physics DepartmentBatavia Ill

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