The Initial Flow of Classical Gluon Fields in Heavy Ion Collisions Conference Paper uri icon


  • Published under licence by IOP Publishing Ltd. Using analytic solutions of the Yang-Mills equations we calculate the initial flow of energy of the classical gluon field created in collisions of large nuclei at high energies. We find radial and elliptic flow which follows gradients in the initial energy density, similar to a simple hydrodynamic behavior. In addition we find a rapidity-odd transverse flow field which implies the presence of angular momentum and should lead to directed flow in final particle spectra. We trace those energy flow terms to transverse fields from the non-abelian generalization of Gauss' Law and Ampere's and Faraday's Laws.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Physics: Conference Series

author list (cited authors)

  • Fries, R. J., & Chen, G.

publication date

  • January 1, 2015 11:11 AM