Two-gluon correlations in heavy-light ion collisions

Douglas E. Wertepny

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We derive the cross-section for two-gluon production in heavy-light ion collisions in the saturation/Color Glass Condensate framework. This calculation includes saturation effects to all orders in one of the nuclei (heavy ion) along with a single saturation correction in the projectile (light ion). The calculation of the correlation function predicts (qualitatively) two identical ridge-like correlations, near- and away-side. This prediction was later supported by experimental findings in p. +. A collisions at the LHC. Concentrating on the energy and geometry dependence of the correlation functions we find that the correlation function is nearly center-of-mass energy independent. The geometry dependence of the correlation function leads to an enhancement of near- and away-side correlations for the tip-on-tip U. +. U collisions when compared with side-on-side U. +. U collisions, an exactly opposite behavior from the correlations generated by the elliptic flow of the quark-gluon plasma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1169-1173
Number of pages5
JournalNuclear Physics A
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Color Glass Condensate
  • Rapidity correlations
  • The ridge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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