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  • A prediction from string theory, with strings attached Hong Liu Massachusetts Institute of Technology HL, Krishna Rajagopal, Urs. Wiedemann hep-ph/0607062, hep-ph/0612168 Qudsia Ejaz, Thomas Faulkner, HL, Krishna Rajagopal, Urs Wiedemann arXiv:0712.0590
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  • Plan Heavy ion collisions and AdS/CFT J/ suppression A prediction from string theory Propagation for heavy quark mesons in a hot medium
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  • QCD QCD has presented us many fascinating dynamical phenomena: Recently, heavy ion collision experiments opened new windows into probing dynamical phenomena in QCD: Confinement, chiral symmetry breaking, asymptotic freedom, internal structure of nucleons largely guided by experiments, great challenges for theorists. Many body physics, collective phenomena, . thermalization, finite temperature,
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  • QCD Phase diagram Smooth crossover
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  • Relativistic Heavy ion collisions
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  • Relativistic heavy ion collisions Deconfinement crossover in QCD: T C ~ 170 MeV Deconfinement crossover in QCD: T C ~ 170 MeV LHC: Pb + Pb (2009) SPS (CERN): RHIC (2000): Au+Au : center of mass energy per pair of nucleons Au: 197 nucleons; Total: 39.4 TeV Temperature (1 fm after collision) ~ 250 MeV Baryon chemical potential ~ 27 MeV
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  • QCD Phase diagram RHIC
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  • Quark-gluon fluid of RHIC RHIC QGP: strongly coupled, nearly ideal fluid (sQGP) But information on dynamical quantities: scarce and indirect Main theoretical tool for strong coupling: Lattice calculation New theoretical tools are needed. But information on dynamical quantities: scarce and indirect RHIC Experiments revealed many dynamical phenomena: thermalization, collective flow, jet quenching, J/ suppression, Perturbation theory: inadequate Many new challenges
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  • String theory to the rescue! AdS/CFT techniques have potential to make important impact !
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  • It is NOT yet known what is the precise string theory description of QCD.
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  • What are the commonalities and differences of quark-gluon plasmas in different gauge theories? Discovery machine: experiments deeper understanding of both QCD and AdS/CFT Perturbative Lattice Strongly coupled theories from AdS/CFT experiments AdS/CFT
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  • Heavy ion collisions and AdS/CFT String theory techniques provide qualitative, and semi- quantitative insights and predictions regarding properties of strongly interacting quark-gluon plasma: Shear viscosity Jet quenching Quarkonium suppression Things work better than expected !? heavy quark diffusion Thermodynamic properties Many mysteries remain!
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  • Quarkonium suppression: a prediction for LHC or RHIC
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  • Heavy Quarkonia Charm: J/ ( ) : BNL and SLAC (1974, November revolution) Heavy quakonia like J/ could survive deconfinement transition.
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  • Heavy quarkonia are good probes of QGP The potential between the quark and anti-quark in a quarkonium bound state is sensitive to the screening of the plasma. A hallmark of QGP is that it screens color objects. more unstable
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  • Quarkonium suppression J/ Heavy ion collisions: color screening in the produced medium J/ suppression Matsui and Satz (1987)
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  • Screening of heavy quarks in the Quark gluon plasma O.Kaczmarek, F. Karsch, P.Petreczky, F. Zantow, hep-lat/0309121 Heavy quark potential for T > T C Screening length:
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  • Quarkonia above T C : T diss ~ 2 T C : T diss ~ 3 T C Asakawa, Hatsuda; Datta, Karsch, Petreczky, Wetzorke Dissociation temperature T d d: size of a meson Charmonium spectra at different temperatures Satz, hep-ph/0512217 Lattice estimate :
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  • Basic theoretical questions How does the screening effect depend on the velocity ? To understand the p T dependence: Velocity dependence of the dissociation temperature T d ? Lattice: Hard Propagation of J/ in a QGP. Not known in QCD Try to gain insight from string theory by studying relatives of QCD.
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  • Static quark potential Gauge theory description: gluon flux lines String theory description: Our (3+1)-dim world, String lives in one extra dimension Gravity approximation: finding minimal energy string shape Maldacena; Rey, Yee
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  • Screening of quarks in a QGP (3+1)-dim world at temperature T, event horizon Quarks are screened LsLs N =4 :, QCD (2 flavor): (lattice) Rey, Theisen Yee; Brandhuber, Itzhaki, Sonnenschein Yankielowicz ..
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  • Finite velocity scaling Finding string shape of minimal energy Event horizon Moving at a finite velocity v HL,Rajagopal,Wiedemann Chernicoff, Garcia, Guijosa Peeters, Sonnenschein, Zamaklar
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  • Dissociation temperature T d : d: size of a meson this suggests: Does the scaling apply to QCD?
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  • A simple argument In a rest frame of quark pair, the medium is boosted:
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  • If similar kind of scaling does apply to QCD, any implication? Should be used as a basic theoretical input in any phenomenological modeling of J/ suppression
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  • Quarkonium suppression: a prediction via string theory Heavy quark mesons with larger velocity dissociate at a lower temperature HL,Rajagopal,Wiedemann This effect may be significant and tested at RHIC II or LHC Could lead to significant suppression at large P T. J/psi RHIC has not reached T d for J/.
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  • Quark Matter 2008, Jaipur, India, Feb. 4-10, 2008 28Zebo Tang, USTC/BNL Nuclear modification factor R AA Double the p T range to 10GeV/c Consistent with no suppression at high p T : R AA (p T >5 GeV/c) = 0.890.20 Indicates R AA increase from low p T to high p T Different from expectation of most models: AdS/CFT: H. Liu, K. Rajagopal and U.A. Wiedemann, PRL 98, 182301(2007) and hep-ph/0607062 Two Component Approach: X. Zhao and R. Rapp, hep-ph/07122407
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  • Charmonium Spectral functions Study of genuine quarkonia requires understanding behavior of spectral functions. J/ : poles in the complex plane. Velocity effect: Can AdS/CFT help? Need genuine mesons. So far: crude extrapolation from infinite heavy quark potential. Satz,
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  • Adding flavors in AdS/CFT Karch,Katz N =4 SYM theory does contain dynamical quarks. Add N F hypermultiplets in fundamental representation to N =4 SYM N =2 theory with flavors On gravity side, this can be achieved by adding N F D7-branes to the AdS 5 x S 5 geometry. mqmq Mesons: excitations on D7-branes. small T/m q Aharony, Fayyazuddin, Maldacena,
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  • Meson masses Size of a meson: Bare quark mass: Meson masses: Babington, Erdmenger, Evans, Guralnik, Kirsch; Kruczenski, Mateos, Myers, Winters;
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  • Meson Dissociation Mateos, Myers and Thomson, Hoyos, Landsteiner, MonteroHoyos Landsteiner Montero Gravity approximation: Mesons are stable at low temperature. Meson dissociation: We would like to understand how the screening effect is reflected in the meson spectrum. Babington, Erdmenger, Evans, Guralnik, Kirsch
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  • Dispersion relation V 0 : speed of light at the tip Mateos, Myers and Thomson In the hot medium, mesons travel at a velocity smaller than the vacuum speed of light !
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  • General results In the large k limit: (exact analytic result) v 0 is precisely given by the local speed of light at the tip. Ejaz, Faulkner, HL, Rajagopal, Wiedemann
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  • Embedding of the brane and fluctuations Embedding of D7-brane: Action for fluctuations: (scalar mesons) (can only be solved numerically) Solving the Laplace equations: discrete spectrum, dispersion relations
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  • Large k limit In the large k limit, the wave equations for mesons become that of a four-dimensional spherical harmonic oscillator localized near the tip of the brane and thus be solved exactly. Wave function
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  • Group Velocity T2T2 T1T1 T3T3 T 3 > T 2 > T 1 maximum
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  • Speed limit at a generic temperature Stable Mesons v 0 (T) T d (v) Near T d, v 0 (T) 0, for arbitrary large k. Inference from infinitely heavy quark potential remarkably accurate.
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  • Size of a meson Semi-classical analysis : This gives maximal meson size at a given v and T D7-brane story: from IR/UV connection,
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  • why the wave function of a large k meson is localized at tip? Increasing k, the meson becomes more loosely bounded, and its size should increase, eventually to the maximally possible size allowed by the v 0 (T). From IR/UV connection, its wave function should more and more localized to the tip.
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  • Summary (Real part) of the dispersions relation and wave function of hologrpahic mesons match very well with (in some sense are controlled by) the screening behavior. In order to understand the ``dissociation, one needs to understand the momentum dependence of the imaginary part of dispersion relation. HL, Faulkner, in progress Fast mesons: good probes of the geometry near the horizon
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  • Do these features exist in QCD? Velocity scaling of screening length Speed limit for heavy quark mesons Velocity scaling of dissociation temperature Dramatic slowdown near T d All of them are rather qualitative features, which may not depend on the precise details of the underlying theory. Local speed of light in the bulk Far from being obvious in perturbation theory !
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  • Is the modified dispersion relation observable? v>v 0 Will J/ break apart? Or will it slow down and survive the medium What happens when medium disappears? Time delay? J/ suppression
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  • Conclusion String theorists have a lot to learn from experiments. String theorists also have a lot to offer for experiments.