Relativistic Langevin dynamics in expanding media. Academic Article uri icon


  • We study the consequences of different realizations of diffusion processes in relativistic Langevin simulations. We elaborate on the Ito-Stratonovich dilemma by showing how microscopically calculated transport coefficients as obtained from a Boltzmann-Fokker-Planck equation can be implemented to lead to an unambiguous realization of the Langevin process. Pertinent examples within the prepoint (Ito) and postpoint (Hnggi-Klimontovich) Langevin prescriptions are worked out explicitly. Deviations from this implementation are shown to generate variants of the Boltzmann distribution as the stationary (equilibrium) solutions. Finally, we explicitly verify how the Lorentz invariance of the Langevin process is maintained in the presence of an expanding medium, including the case of an "elliptic flow" transmitted to a Brownian test particle. This is particularly relevant for using heavy-flavor diffusion as a quantitative tool to diagnose transport properties of QCD matter as created in ultrarelativistic heavy-ion collisions.

published proceedings

  • Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys

author list (cited authors)

  • He, M., van Hees, H., Gossiaux, P. B., Fries, R. J., & Rapp, R.

publication date

  • January 1, 2013 11:11 AM