Transport theory of relativistic heavy-ion collisions with chiral symmetry

Wei-Min Zhang, Lawrence Wilets

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A transport theory with chiral symmetry is developed from the quark level to describe the chiral dynamics in high-energy heavy-ion collisions. The strong interaction is treated effectively by the NambuJona-Lasinio model. A set of generalized Boltzmann equations of constitutent quarks and mesons is derived by using the closed time-path Greens function technique and a loop expansion approach. Chiral symmetry, energy spectrum and dissipation, and density distributions of constitutent quarks and mesons can then be studied self-consistently in the nonequilibrium dynamical processes. In particular, the discussion for exploring chiral symmetry breaking and its restoration and for studying dynamics of meson production (as collective qq» excitations) in heavy-ion collisions is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1900-1917
Number of pages18
JournalPhysical Review C
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1992 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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