Near zone hydrodynamics of AdS/CFT jet wakes

Jorge Noronha, Miklos Gyulassy, Giorgio Torrieri

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The energy-momentum tensor of a supersonic heavy quark jet moving through a strongly coupled SYM plasma is analyzed in terms of first-order Navier-Stokes hydrodynamics. We focus on the near zone 'head' region close to the heavy quark where deviations from hydrodynamic behavior are expected to be large. For realistic quark velocities, v = 0.99, we find that the non-hydrodynamical head region is confined at a narrow pancake surrounding the jet with a width ∼1/T and transverse radius ∼3/T. Outside this jet head region, the jet induced stress is well approximated by Navier-Stokes hydrodynamics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number104061
JournalJournal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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