Review of HBT or Bose-Einstein correlations in high energy heavy ion collisions

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A brief review is given on the discovery and the first five decades of the Hanbury Brown-Twiss effect and its generalized applications in high energy nuclear and particle physics, that includes a meta-review. Interesting and inspiring new directions are also highlighted, including for example source imaging, lepton and photon interferometry, non-Gaussian shape analysis as well as many other new directions. Existing models are compared to two-particle correlation measurements and the so-called RHIC HBT puzzle is resolved. Evidence for a (directional) Hubble flow is presented and the conclusion is confirmed by a successful description of the pseudorapidity dependence of the elliptic flow as measured in Au+Au collisions by the PHOBOS Collaboration.

Original languageEnglish
Article number031
Pages (from-to)259-270
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2006


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