Observing quark-gluon plasma with strange hadrons

Jean Letessier, Johann Rafelski

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We review the methods and results obtained in an analysis of the experimental heavy ion collision research program at nuclear beam energy of 160-200 A GeV. We study strange, and more generally, hadronic particle production experimental data. We discuss present expectations concerning how these observables will perform at other collision energies. We also present the dynamical theory of strangeness production and apply it to show that it agrees with available experimental results. We describe strange hadron production from the baryon-poor quark-gluon phase formed at much higher reaction energies, where the abundance of strange baryons and antibaryons exceeds that of nonstrange baryons and antibaryons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-147
Number of pages41
JournalInternational Journal of Modern Physics E
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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