Thermal rates for baryon and antibaryon production

Joseph Kapusta, Igor Shovkovy

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We use a form of the fluctuation-dissipation theorem to derive formulas giving the rate of production of spin 1/2 baryons in terms of the fluctuations of either meson or quark fields. The most general formulas do not assume thermal or chemical equilibrium. When evaluated in a thermal ensemble we find equilibration times on the order of 10 fm/c near the critical temperature in QCD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number014901
Pages (from-to)149011-1490112
Number of pages1341102
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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