We identify the major physics milestones in the development of strange hadrons as an observable for both the formation of a quark-gluon plasma (QGP), and of the ensuing explosive disintegration of a deconfined matter fireball formed in relativistic heavy-ion collisions at 160-20 A GeV. We describe the physical properties of the QGP phase and show agreement with the expectations based on an analysis of hadron abundances. We then also demonstrate that the m⊥ shape of hadron spectra is in qualitative agreement with the sudden breakup of a supercooled QGP fireball.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics|
|State||Published - Mar 2001|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics