Thermalization of mini-jets in a quark-gluon plasma
1 Institut de Physique Théorique, CEA Saclay, CNRS UMR 3681, F-91191, Gif-sur-Yvette, France
2 Department of Physics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
Published online: 21 March 2016
We present the complete physical picture for the evolution of a high-energy jet propagating through a weakly-coupled quark-gluon plasma (QGP) by analytical and numerical investigation of thermalization of the soft components of the jet. Our results support the following physical picture: the leading particle emits a significant number of mini-jets which promptly evolve via multiple branching and thus degrade into a myriad of soft gluons, with energies of the order of the medium temperature T. Via elastic collisions with the medium constituents, these soft gluons relax to local thermal equilibrium with the plasma over a time scale which is considerably shorter than the typical lifetime of the mini-jet. The thermalized gluons form a tail which lags behind the hard components of the jet. Together with the background QGP, they behave hydrodynamically.
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