Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-4-2002

Publication Title

Physical Review C - Nuclear Physics

Abstract

Within first-order phase transitions, we investigate pretransitional effects due to the nonperturbative, large-amplitude thermal fluctuations which can promote phase mixing before the critical temperature is reached from above. In contrast with the cosmological quark-hadron transition, we find that the rapid cooling typical of the relativistic heavy ion collider and large hadron collider experiments and the fact that the quark-gluon plasma is chemically unsaturated suppress the role of nonperturbative effects at current collider energies. Significant supercooling is possible in a (nearly) homogeneous state of quark gluon plasma.

DOI

10.1103/PhysRevC.65.034908

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