Acoustic scaling of anisotropic flow in shape-engineered events: implications for extraction of the specific shear viscosity of the quark gluon plasma

It is shown that the acoustic scaling patterns of anisotropic flow for different event shapes at a fixed collision centrality (shape-engineered events), provide robust constraints for the event-by-event fluctuations in the initial-state density distribution from ultrarelativistic heavy ion collisions. The empirical scaling parameters also provide a dual-path method for extracting the specific shear viscosity eta/s of the quark-gluon plasma (QGP) produced in these collisions. A calibration of these scaling parameters via detailed viscous hydrodynamical model calculations, gives eta/s estimates for the plasma produced in collisions of Au+Au at RHIC and Pb+Pb at LHC. The estimates are insensitive to the initial-state geometry models considered.

Event Date: 
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 3:30pm
Event Location: 
Physics 298
Event Contact: 
Paul, Cristin
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Event Speaker: 
Roy Lacey (Stonybrook)