TY - JOUR

T1 - Large transient states in quantum field theory

AU - Berera, A.

N1 - Copyright 2007 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

PY - 2007/5/29

Y1 - 2007/5/29

N2 - A study is made of the scattering of two large composite projectiles, such as heavy ions, which are initially prepared in a pure quantum state. It is shown that the quantum field theoretic evolution equation for this system, under certain conditions, goes over in form to the master equation of classical statistical mechanics. Thus, the statistical mechanical description of heavy ion collision is viewed as an implied outcome of the Correspondence Principle, which states that in the limit of large quantum number, quantum dynamics goes over to classical dynamics. This hypothesis is explored within the master equation transcription with particular focus on the quark-gluon formation scenario.

AB - A study is made of the scattering of two large composite projectiles, such as heavy ions, which are initially prepared in a pure quantum state. It is shown that the quantum field theoretic evolution equation for this system, under certain conditions, goes over in form to the master equation of classical statistical mechanics. Thus, the statistical mechanical description of heavy ion collision is viewed as an implied outcome of the Correspondence Principle, which states that in the limit of large quantum number, quantum dynamics goes over to classical dynamics. This hypothesis is explored within the master equation transcription with particular focus on the quark-gluon formation scenario.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=34547679448&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.nuclphysa.2007.05.009

DO - 10.1016/j.nuclphysa.2007.05.009

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:34547679448

VL - 792

SP - 306

EP - 340

JO - Nuclear Physics A

JF - Nuclear Physics A

SN - 0375-9474

IS - 3-4

ER -