Quark-gluon plasma fireball

Salah Hamieh, Jean Letessier, Johann Rafelski

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Lattice quantum chromodynamics results provide an opportunity to model, and extrapolate to finite baryon density, the properties of the quark-gluon plasma (QGP). Upon fixing the scale of the thermal coupling constant and vacuum energy to the lattice data, the properties of resulting QGP equations of state (EoS) are developed. We show that the physical properties of the dense matter fireball formed in heavy ion collision experiments at CERN-SPS are well described by the QGP-EoS we presented. We also estimate the properties of the fireball formed in early stages of nuclear collision, and argue that QGP formation must be expected down to 4OA GeV in central Pb-Pb interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number064901
Pages (from-to)649011-6490110
Number of pages5841100
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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