Quark Matter 2005 Conference   Quark Matter 2005 Conference

Quark-antiquark production from classical fields and chemical equilibration

Presenting Author: Tuomas Lappi

Author(s): F. Gelis, K. Kajantie and T. Lappi


We compute by numerical integration of the Dirac equation the number of quark-antiquark pairs produced in the classical color fields of colliding ultrarelativistic nuclei. The backreaction of the created pairs on the color fields is not taken into account. While the number of $q\bar q$ pairs is parametrically suppressed in the coupling constant, we find that in this classical field model it could even be compatible with the thermal ratio to the number of gluons. After isotropisation one could thus have quark-gluon plasma in chemical equilibrium.

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