Pair Production in Colour-Dielectric Flux-Tubes

I. D. Flintoft, M. C. Birse

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The properties of giant colour flux tubes-colour ropes-are investigated using the colour-dielectric model. Such ropes may be responsible for quark-gluon plasma formation during ultrarelativistic heavy-ion collisions. The phenomenological parameters in the model are determined by fitting a simple one-flavour nucleon model to experimental data. The string tension radius and chromoelectric field have been calculated as a function of the colour charge on the rope. The pair creation rate and transverse momentum distribution for quarks created in ropes by the Schwinger mechanism are also calculated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-401
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of physics g-Nuclear and particle physics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1993

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