Physics and Astronomy
Journal or Book Title
Physical Review C
When the quark-gluon plasma emerges in the wake of a heavy-ion collision, a magnetic field created by the valence charges has already permeated the entire interaction region. Evolution of this “initial” field in the plasma is governed by the Maxwell equations in an electrically conducting medium. As the plasma expands, external valence charges induce a magnetic field that also contributes to the total magnetic field in the plasma. I solve the initial value problem describing these processes and argue that the initial magnetic field often dominates over the one induced by the valence charges. In particular, it grows approximately proportional to the collision energy, unlike the induced component, which is energy independent. As a result, the magnetic field has a significant phenomenological influence on the quark-gluon plasma at CERN Large Hadron Collider energies over its entire lifetime.
American Physical Society
Tuchin, Kirill, "Initial value problem for magnetic fields in heavy ion collisions" (2016). Physics and Astronomy Publications. 460.