Detailed description of accelerating, simple solutions of relativistic perfect fluid hydrodynamics

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In this paper we describe in full details a new family of recently found exact solutions of relativistic, perfect fluid dynamics. With an ansatz that generalizes the well-known Hwa-Bjorken solution we obtain a wide class of new exact, explicit, and simple solutions, which have a remarkable advantage as compared to presently known exact and explicit solutions: they do not lack acceleration. They can be utilized for the description of the evolution of the matter created in high energy heavy ion collisions. Because these solutions are accelerating, they provide a more realistic picture than the well-known Hwa-Bjorken solution, and give more insight into the dynamics of the matter. We exploit this by giving an advanced simple estimation of the initial energy density of the produced matter in high energy collisions, which takes acceleration effects, i.e., the work done by the pressure, and the modified change of the volume elements, into account. We also give an advanced estimation of the life-time of the reaction. Our new solutions can also be used to test numerical hydrodynamical codes reliably. In the end, we also give an exact, 1+1 dimensional, relativistic hydrodynamical solution, where the initial pressure and velocity profile is arbitrary, and we show that this general solution is stable for perturbations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number024908
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 27 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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