Aug 2 – 6, 2021
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A brief review of collectivity small collision systems

Aug 4, 2021, 5:00 PM


Invited plenary presentation D: Deconfinement Parallels Track D


Prithwish Tribedy (Brookhaven National Laboratory)


In this talk I will review the recent developments on the phenomenology and experimental searches for collectivity in small collision systems. For the phenomenology part I will focus on the hybrid approach based on the Color Glass Condensate (CGC) and Hydrodynamics (hydro) simulation [1]. For the experimental part my focus will be on the RHIC small system scan program [2]. I will discuss how the RHIC results indicate a dominant role of hydrodynamic final state effects on the observability of collectivity in small collision systems. However, the sub-dominant role of CGC driven correlations with an effect increasing with decreasing multiplicity is expected based on hybrid CGC+hydro calculations. I’ll briefly touch on an outstanding puzzle related to the measurements of triangular anisotropy coefficients from RHIC small system scan program.

Where do we go from here ? Several promising directions have been identified. STAR with its extended pseudorapidity acceptance has just collected data on Oxygen-Oxygen collisions at RHIC. This exploratory program promises a better understanding of the role of geometry that drives collectivity in small systems. Recently, hints of collectivity has been observed in photo-nuclear processes by studying ultra-peripheral Pb+Pb collisions [3]. Interestingly, similar processes can be studied in photo-production limits of DIS e+p/A collisions at the future Electron Ion Collider.

[1] Schenke et al, Phys.Lett.B 803 (2020) 135322 
[2] Aidala C et al. (PHENIX) Nature Phys. 15 214–220
[3] Aad G et al. (ATLAS), 2101.10771 [nucl-ex]

Primary author

Prithwish Tribedy (Brookhaven National Laboratory)

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