Onset of classical QCD dynamics in relativistic heavy ion collisions

Dmitri Kharzeev*, Eugene Levin, Marzia Nardi

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Abstract

The experimental results on hadron production obtained recently at RHIC offer a new prospective on the energy dependence of the nuclear collision dynamics. In particular, it is possible that parton saturation-the phenomenon likely providing initial conditions for the multiparticle production at RHIC energies-may have started to set in central heavy ion collisions already around the highest CERN SPS energy. We examine this scenario, and make predictions based on high density QCD for the forthcoming s=22 GeV run at RHIC.

Original languageEnglish
Article number054903
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Volume71
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2005

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