A T-Matrix Approach to Heavy Quark Interaction with Thermal Gluons in a Quark Gluon Plasma
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The interactions of heavy quarks within the Quark Gluon Plasma (QGP) are interpreted utilizing an elastic, thermodynamic, 2-body T-matrix in order to calculate drag coefficients of heavy-quark systems derived from a Fokker-Planck equation. A spacelike momentum constraint is employed and produces an effective, color dependent potential with the addition of relativistic factors motivated by the appropriate Feynman diagrams. Hard Thermal Loop (HTL) corrections are interpreted in the context of a finite temperature quark-gluon system, allowing a non-perturbative determination of the gluon's contribution to the drag coefficient. An enhancement of the relaxation rate of ~2 is observed at low momenta, leading to an enhancement of the overall relaxation rate of 20%, while the high-p limit approaches a perturbative level. The importance of a nonperturbative treatment of the QGP to reproduce the dynamical drag coefficient is illustrated.
Huggins, Kyle (2012). A T-Matrix Approach to Heavy Quark Interaction with Thermal Gluons in a Quark Gluon Plasma. Master's thesis, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from