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Chiral Magnetic Effect in Heavy Ion Collisions

Research paper by Jinfeng Liao

Indexed on: 21 Oct '16Published on: 09 Oct '16Published in: Nuclear Physics A



Abstract

Publication date: December 2016 Source:Nuclear Physics A, Volume 956 Author(s): Jinfeng Liao The Chiral Magnetic Effect (CME) is a remarkable phenomenon that stems from highly nontrivial interplay of QCD chiral symmetry, axial anomaly, and gluonic topology. It is of fundamental importance to search for the CME in experiments. The heavy ion collisions provide a unique environment where a hot chiral-symmetric quark-gluon plasma is created, gluonic topological fluctuations generate chirality imbalance, and very strong magnetic fields B → ∼ m π 2 are present during the early stage of such collisions. Significant efforts have been made to look for CME signals in heavy ion collision experiments. In this contribution we give a brief overview on the status of such efforts.