Comments about the electromagnetic field in heavy-ion collisions

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Nuclear Physics A, ISSN: 0375-9474, Vol: 929, Page: 184-190

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L. McLerran; V. Skokov
Elsevier BV
Physics and Astronomy
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In this article we discuss the properties of electromagnetic fields in heavy-ion collisions and consequences for observables. We address quantitatively the issue of the magnetic field lifetime in a collision including the electric and chiral magnetic conductivities. We show that for reasonable parameters, the magnetic field created by spectators in a collision is not modified by the presence of matter.