Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2017

Document Type

Thesis

Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors

Department

Physics

First Advisor

James Nagle

Abstract

Recent research at RHIC and the LHC suggests that a quark-gluon plasma (QGP) can also be formed in the collisions of small systems (e.g., d+Au, p+Pb). In large collision systems (e.g., Au+Au, Pb+Pb), the effect of flow in the QGP is large compared to other contributions, the so-called "non-flow'' effects. However, in small collision systems, these non-flow effects are more dominant and must be better understood in order to extract the real flow signal from the data.

In this thesis, I present calculations of elliptic flow v_2--- the second-order momentum anisotropy coefficient--- in d+Au, Au+Au, p+Pb, and Pb+Pb collisions at 20, 39, 62.5, 200 GeV and 5.02TeV from simulated data generated with the AMPT and the UrQMD models. The participant plane, the event plane, and the multi-particle cumulant methods are applied to analyze the simulated data.

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