Decoherence and energy loss in QCD cascades in nuclear collisions
Theoretical Physics Department, P.N. Lebedev Physics Institute, Moscow, Russia
2 Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics, Moscow, Russia
Revised: 30 November 2010
Published online: 29 January 2011
The paper analyzes the consequences of the assumption that the effects of quantum coherence and the resulting angular ordering in QCD cascades are disrupted within the hot fireball created in ultrarelativistic heavy ion collisions. The effects of decoherence are taken into account by switching off angular ordering for the vertices of MC-generated cascade that lie within the fireball of some given size. We show that decoherence exerts a pronounced influence on the spatiotemporal pattern of a cascade. Related effects due to non-radiative losses of cascade gluons and those of final prehadrons are discussed. We show that decoherence leads to a substantial increase in the yield of cascade particles hadronizing inside the hot zone thus exerting a strong influence on the properties of final hadrons and amplifying the effects of collisional energy losses of cascade partons and final prehadrons that take place inside the fireball.
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