Sonic booms and diffusion wakes generated by a heavy quark in thermal gauge-string duality

Steven S. Gubser, Silviu S. Pufu, Amos Yarom

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Abstract

We evaluate the Poynting vector generated by a heavy quark moving through a thermal state of N=4 gauge theory using the gauge-string duality. A significant diffusion wake is observed as well as a Mach cone. We discuss the ratio of the energy going into sound modes to the energy coming in from the wake.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number012301
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume100
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 9 2008

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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