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Color-glass condensate popular-science level description please?

  1. Nov 27, 2012 #1
    I have a general understanding of high energy particle physics and the standard model.

    Can someone explain the color-glass condensate results in the recent p-Pb collision results at the LHC for me, and most especially why "glass" is appropriate? I understand the Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_glass_condensate fairly well, but want a bit more depth, particularly in why one can generalize the oncoming relativistic nucleus as a "wall of gluons," and why this is not expected in the case of a single proton.
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  3. Nov 28, 2012 #2


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    Yes, please also describe the difference between a quark gluon plasma and a color glass condensate. Despite reading both wikipedia entries, I don't get it.
  4. Nov 28, 2012 #3


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    "Some think that, before nuclei colliding at high energy can make quark-gluon plasma, they become densely compressed — a color glass condensate — in the direction they are being accelerated. Upon impact, color glass condensate is thought to “shatter,” thus forming the plasma."
  5. Nov 28, 2012 #4


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    It's not exactly popular-science level, but I think this article is the most qualitative, equation-free description of color glass around.
  6. Nov 28, 2012 #5
    Thank you. I will comment soon, today is busy with turkey soup. :D
  7. Nov 28, 2012 #6
    Oh, it's a color spin glass condensate.

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