Friday, July 26, 2013

1307.6661 (Kai Xiao et al.)

Eccentricity is not the only source of elliptic flow fluctuations    [PDF]

Kai Xiao, Feng Liu, Fuqiang Wang
Sources of event-by-event elliptic flow fluctuations in relativistic heavy-ion collisions are investigated in a multiphase transport model. Besides the well-known initial eccentricity fluctuations, several other sources of dynamical fluctuations are identified. One is fluctuations in initial parton configurations at a given eccentricity. Second is quantum fluctuations in parton interactions during system evolution. Third is fluctuations caused by hadronization and final-state hadronic scatterings. The magnitudes of these fluctuations are investigated relative to eccentricity fluctuations and average flow magnitude. The fluctuations from the latter two sources are found to be negative. The results may have important implications to the interpretation of elliptic flow data.
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