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Jun 24 – 28, 2019
US/Eastern timezone
5th International Conference on the Initial Stages in High-Energy Nuclear Collisions

Centrality dependence of collectivity in kinetic theory

Jun 26, 2019, 3:40 PM
301 (Pupin)



Oral Collectivity in small systems Parallel: Collectivity in small systems 1


Urs WiedemannDr Urs Wiedemann (CERN)


To what extent are fluid-dynamic or particle-like excitations at the origin of the flow phenomena observed in pp, pA and AA collisions? And how does the interplay between these two sources of collectivity change as a function of system size and energy density? Here, we address this question in a simple transport theory that interpolates between free-streaming and viscous fluid dynamics. We discuss how this transport theory accounts for the centrality dependence of $v_2$ and $v_3$ between 1\% and 90\% centrality. Investigating the properties of the energy-momentum tensor evolved in this kinetic theory, we conclude that kinetic theory is consistent with a fluid dynamic picture of central PbPb collisions at the LHC, but that it strongly deviates from such a picture in peripheral PbPb collisions.

based on A. Kurkela, U.A. Wiedemann and B. Wu, arXiv:1803.02072 arXiv:1805.04081 and work in preparation.

Primary authors

Dr Aleksi Kurkela (CERN) Urs Wiedemann Bin Wu (The Ohio State University)

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