Dynamics of quark-gluon-plasma instabilities in discretized hard-loop approximation

Anton Rebhan, Paul Romatschke, Michael Strickland
2005 Journal of High Energy Physics  
Non-Abelian plasma instabilities have been proposed as a possible explanation for fast isotropization of the quark-gluon plasma produced in relativistic heavy-ion collisions. We study the real-time evolution of these instabilities in non-Abelian plasmas with a momentum-space anisotropy using a hard-loop effective theory that is discretized in the velocities of hard particles. We extend our previous results on the evolution of the most unstable modes, which are constant in directions transverse
more » ... o the direction of anisotropy, from gauge group SU(2) to SU(3). We also present first full 3+1-dimensional simulation results based on velocity-discretized hard loops. In contrast to the effectively 1+1-dimensional transversely constant modes we find subexponential behaviour at late times.
doi:10.1088/1126-6708/2005/09/041 fatcat:2xthezphtba57oisrg3j4jcndu