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Feeding of the elliptic flow by hard partons

By Boris Tomasik and Peter Levai

Abstract

We propose that in nuclear collisions at the LHC the elliptic flow may get a contribution from leading hard and semihard partons which deposit energy and momentum into the hydrodynamic bulk medium. The crucial effect is that these partons induce wakes which interact and merge if they come together. The contribution to the integrated elliptic flow is estimated with the help of a toy model to about 25% of the observed value and shows strong event-by-event fluctuations.Comment: 9 pages, 3 figure

Topics: Nuclear Theory, High Energy Physics - Phenomenology
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1088/0954-3899/38/9/095101
OAI identifier: oai:arXiv.org:1104.3262
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