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  Reference on stages of heavy ion collisions in particle physics

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Is there any reference (book/review article etc.) where the physics of heavy ion collisions is overviewed?

To be absolutely clear about things, I am looking for a introductory review which covers the physics aspects of the progression through the following stages

  • stable nuclei
  • fireball
  • quark-gluon plasma formation
  • (cooling)
  • hadronization
  • hadron interactions and decay
  • final observable particles (leptons, photons etc.)

with special emphasis on parameters like

  1. time for these stages,

  2. relevant temperatures,

  3. particle densities etc.

Apparently all the literature I have scanned through talks about bits and parts, a comprehensive big picture is unclear to me largely.

This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2014-11-23 19:54 (UTC), posted by SE-user User Anonymous
asked Nov 23, 2014 in Resources and References by User Anonymous (0 points) [ no revision ]
retagged Nov 23, 2014
Can I suggest you change the title to 'Physics of various stages of heavy ion collisions in particle physics' as many people study heavy ion collisions with solids in e.g. ion implantation, cancer therapy etc. -- I see you have the particle physics tag though

This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2014-11-23 19:54 (UTC), posted by SE-user tom
@tom I made that change in the title, although I think generally speaking, the tag should be enough to identify that the question is about particle physics.

This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2014-11-23 19:54 (UTC), posted by SE-user David Z

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