Aug 2 – 6, 2021
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Heavy quark diffusion in an overoccupied gluon plasma

Aug 5, 2021, 10:10 AM


Parallel contribution C: Heavy quarks Parallels Track C


Jarkko Peuron (Lund university)


We extract the diffusion coefficient $\kappa$ and the resulting momentum broadening $\langle p^2 \rangle$ of a heavy quark embedded in a far-from-equilibrium gluon plasma using classical statistical lattice simulations. We find several features in the time dependence of the momentum broadening: a short initial rapid growth of $\langle p^2 \rangle$, followed by linear growth with time due to Langevin-type dynamics and damped oscillations around this growth at the plasmon frequency. We show that these novel oscillations are not easily explained using perturbative techniques but result from an excess of gluons at low momenta. These oscillation are therefore a gauge invariant confirmation of the infrared enhancement we had previously observed in gauge-fixed correlation functions. We argue that the kinetic theory description of such systems becomes less reliable in the presence of this IR enhancement.

Primary authors

Jarkko Peuron (Lund university) Kirill Boguslavski (TU Wien, Austria) Tuomas Lappi (University of Jyvaskyla) Aleksi Kurkela (CERN and Univ. Stavanger)

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