Ion-Induced Quark-Gluon Implosion

L. Frankfurt, M. Strikman

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We investigate nuclear fragmentation in the central proton-nucleus and nucleus-nucleus collisions at the energies of CERN LHC. Within the semiclassical approximation we argue that because of the fast increase with energy of the cross sections of soft and hard interactions each nucleon is stripped in the average process off asoft artons and fragments into a collection of leading quarks and gluons with large [Formula presented]. Valence quarks and gluons are streaming in the opposite directions when viewed in the c.m. of the produced system. The resulting pattern of the fragmentation of the colliding nuclei leads to an implosion of the quark and gluon constituents of the nuclei. The nonequilibrium state produced at the initial stage in the nucleus fragmentation region is estimated to have densities [Formula presented] at the LHC energies and probably [Formula presented] at BNL RHIC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 8 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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