Quarkonium propagation in the quark–gluon plasma
Department of Theoretical Physics,Tata Institute for Fundamental Research, 400005, Mumbai, India
Accepted: 10 February 2021
Published online: 8 June 2021
In relativistic heavy ion collisions at RHIC and the LHC, a quark–gluon plasma (QGP) is created for a short duration of about 10 fm/c. Quarkonia (bound states of and ) are sensitive probes of this phase on length scales comparable to the size of the bound states which are less than 1 fm. Observations of quarkonia in these collisions provide us with a lot of information about how the presence of a QGP affects various quarkonium states. This has motivated the development of the theory of heavy quarks and their bound states in a thermal medium, and its application to the phenomenology of quarkonia in heavy ion collisions. We review some of these developments here.
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