Central collisions between heavy nuclei at extremely high energies: The fragmentation region

R. Anishetty, P. Koehler, L. McLerran
1980 Physical Review D, Particles and fields  
We discuss central collisions between heavy nuclei of equal baryon number at extremely high energies. We make a crude estimation of the energy deposited in the fragmentation regions of the nuclei. We argue that the fragmentation region fragments thermalize, and two hot fireballs are formed. These fireballs would have rapidities close to the rapidities of the original nuclei. We discuss the possible formation of hot, dense quark plasmas in the fireballs.
doi:10.1103/physrevd.22.2793 fatcat:76eruxsklngkrk5lykwv5ndt4i