Hadronization in heavy-ion collisions: recombination or fragmentation? Conference Paper uri icon


  • We show that hadron production in relativistic heavy-ion collisions at transverse momenta larger than 2 GeV/c can be explained by the competition of two different hadronization mechanisms. Above 5 GeV/c hadron production can be described by fragmentation of partons that are created perturbatively. Below 5 GeV/c recombination of partons from the dense and hot fireball dominates. This can explain some of the surprising features of RHIC data such as the constant baryon-to-meson ratio of about one and the small nuclear suppression for baryons between 2 to 4 GeV/c.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics

author list (cited authors)

  • Fries, R. J., Mller, B., Nonaka, C., & Bass, S. A.

publication date

  • January 1, 2004 11:11 AM