Initial conditions in AA and pA collisions
1 Department of Physics, P.O. Box 35, 40014 University of Jyväskylä, Finland
2 Helsinki Institute of Physics, P.O. Box 64, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland
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Published online: 22 March 2017
A full understanding of the spacetime evolution of the QCD matter created in a heavy ion collision requires understanding the properties of the initial stages. In the weak coupling picture these are dominated by classical gluon fields, whose properties can also be studied via the scattering of dilute probes off a high energy hadron or nucleus. A particular challenge is understanding small systems, where LHC data is also showing signs of collective behavior. We discuss some recent results of on the initial matter production and thermalization in heavy ion collisions, in particular in the gluon saturation framework.
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