Strangeness and statistical hadronization: How to study quark-gluon plasma

Jan Rafelski, Jean Letessier

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Statistical hadronization is presented as mechanism for (strange) particle production from a deconfined quark-gluon plasma (QGP) fireball. We first consider hadronic resonance production at RHIC as a test of the model. We present in detail how the hadrochemistry determines particle multiplicitties and in case of sudden hadronization allows investigation of QGP properties. A comparative study of strange hadron production at SPS and RHIC is presented. The energy dependence of physical observables shows regularities and a potential discontinuity in the low RHIC range, when comparing these different energy domains. Considering the energy scan program at CERN-SPS we show that the K++ discontinuity is a baryon density effect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5791-5823
Number of pages33
JournalActa Physica Polonica B
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2003
EventXLIII Cracow School of Theoretical Physics and Workshop on Applications of Neural Networks - Zakopane, Poland
Duration: May 30 2003Jun 8 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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