Thermalization theory in heavy ion collisions by nonequilibrium statistical mechanics.

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Title:
Thermalization theory in heavy ion collisions by nonequilibrium statistical mechanics.
Author:
Abu-Samreh, Mohammad Mahmud.
Issue Date:
1991
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
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Abstract:
This dissertation presents a semiclassical microscopic approach based on the Uehling-Uhlenbeck equation for studying the equilibration processes due to nucleon-nucleon collisions during the collision of two heavy ions in the low and intermediate energy domain (5-100 MeV/nucleon). The state formed in the early stages of a heavy-ion collision can be characterized by a highly excited non-equilibrium system of nucleons. Equilibration processes then take place resulting in a system for which a temperature can be defined at least locally. The single-nucleon distribution function for the nucleons during the early stage of the ion-ion collision is represented in momentum-space either by two Fermi-spheres separated by the relative momentum of the impacting ions or by a deformed Fermi-sphere. The equilibration (thermalization) of this initial distribution in momentum-space is studied by calculating the collision term as a function of time. The relaxation-times are investigated through a microscopic model that incorporates the UU collision term with the relaxation-time approximation. Relaxation-times for the equilibration are obtained as a function of density and temperature. The temperature dependence is strong at low temperatures and this is a consequence of the Fermi statistics. The mode dependence of the relaxation-times is also calculated by expanding the angular dependence of the distribution in spherical harmonics. The RTA is also tested against thermalization of the Fermi-sphere systems and is found to be reasonable. Transport coefficients for viscosity, thermal conductivity and diffusion are also calculated as well as their temperature and density dependencies. Their relation to relaxation-times are derived. The mean free path of nucleons in hot nuclear matter is also studied in the same frame of work. The numerical calculations of the collision term are an important part of this investigation. They involve five-dimensional integrations carried out using Gaussian and Simpson's numerical methods.
Type:
text; Dissertation-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Dissertations, Academic; Nuclear physics.
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Physics; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Kohler, S.

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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleThermalization theory in heavy ion collisions by nonequilibrium statistical mechanics.en_US
dc.creatorAbu-Samreh, Mohammad Mahmud.en_US
dc.contributor.authorAbu-Samreh, Mohammad Mahmud.en_US
dc.date.issued1991en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation presents a semiclassical microscopic approach based on the Uehling-Uhlenbeck equation for studying the equilibration processes due to nucleon-nucleon collisions during the collision of two heavy ions in the low and intermediate energy domain (5-100 MeV/nucleon). The state formed in the early stages of a heavy-ion collision can be characterized by a highly excited non-equilibrium system of nucleons. Equilibration processes then take place resulting in a system for which a temperature can be defined at least locally. The single-nucleon distribution function for the nucleons during the early stage of the ion-ion collision is represented in momentum-space either by two Fermi-spheres separated by the relative momentum of the impacting ions or by a deformed Fermi-sphere. The equilibration (thermalization) of this initial distribution in momentum-space is studied by calculating the collision term as a function of time. The relaxation-times are investigated through a microscopic model that incorporates the UU collision term with the relaxation-time approximation. Relaxation-times for the equilibration are obtained as a function of density and temperature. The temperature dependence is strong at low temperatures and this is a consequence of the Fermi statistics. The mode dependence of the relaxation-times is also calculated by expanding the angular dependence of the distribution in spherical harmonics. The RTA is also tested against thermalization of the Fermi-sphere systems and is found to be reasonable. Transport coefficients for viscosity, thermal conductivity and diffusion are also calculated as well as their temperature and density dependencies. Their relation to relaxation-times are derived. The mean free path of nucleons in hot nuclear matter is also studied in the same frame of work. The numerical calculations of the collision term are an important part of this investigation. They involve five-dimensional integrations carried out using Gaussian and Simpson's numerical methods.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeDissertation-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectDissertations, Academicen_US
dc.subjectNuclear physics.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePhysicsen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorKohler, S.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberGarcia, J.D.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMcIntyre, L.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBashkin, S.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberDonahue, D.en_US
dc.identifier.proquest9123165en_US
dc.identifier.oclc709768070en_US
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