Initial-state anisotropies and their uncertainties in ultrarelativistic heavy-ion collisions from the Monte Carlo Glauber model

M. Alvioli, H. Holopainen, K. J. Eskola, M. Strikman

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Abstract

In hydrodynamical modeling of heavy-ion collisions, the initial-state spatial anisotropies are translated into momentum anisotropies of the final-state particle distributions. Thus, understanding the origin of the initial-state anisotropies and their uncertainties is important before extracting specific QCD matter properties, such as viscosity, from the experimental data. In this work we review the wounded nucleon approach based on the Monte Carlo Glauber model, charting in particular the uncertainties arising from modeling of the nucleon-nucleon interactions between the colliding nucleon pairs and nucleon-nucleon correlations inside the colliding nuclei. We discuss the differences between the black disk model and a probabilistic profile function approach for the inelastic nucleon-nucleon interactions and investigate the influence of initial-state correlations using state-of-the-art modeling of these.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number034902
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Volume85
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 7 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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