Quark-gluon plasma fireball explosion

J. Letessier, G. Torrieri, S. Hamieh, J. Rafelski

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We identify the major physics milestones in the development of strange hadrons as an observable for both the formation of a quark-gluon plasma (QGP), and of the ensuing explosive disintegration of a deconfined matter fireball formed in relativistic heavy-ion collisions at 160-20 A GeV. We describe the physical properties of the QGP phase and show agreement with the expectations based on an analysis of hadron abundances. We then also demonstrate that the m shape of hadron spectra is in qualitative agreement with the sudden breakup of a supercooled QGP fireball.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)427-437
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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