Journal Article Linear and non-linear flow mode in Pb–Pb collisions at √sNN=2.76TeV

ALICE Collaboration  ,  Busch , O.  ,  Chujo , T.  ,  Esumi , S.  ,  Miake, Y.

773pp.68 - 80 , 2017-10 , Elsevier
The second and the third order anisotropic flow, V2and V3, are mostly determined by the corresponding initial spatial anisotropy coefficients, ε2and ε3, in the initial density distribution. In addition to their dependence on the same order initial anisotropy coefficient, higher order anisotropic flow, Vn(n >3), can also have a significant contribution from lower order initial anisotropy coefficients, which leads to mode-coupling effects. In this Letter we investigate the linear and non-linear modes in higher order anisotropic flow Vnfor n =4, 5, 6 with the ALICE detector at the Large Hadron Collider. The measurements are done for particles in the pseudorapidity range |η| <0.8and the transverse momentum range 0.2 <pT<5.0GeV/cas a function of collision centrality. The results are compared with theoretical calculations and provide important constraints on the initial conditions, including initial spatial geometry and its fluctuations, as well as the ratio of the shear viscosity to entropy density of the produced system.

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