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ABSTRACT: We propose a model for the propagation of a heavy quark in a hot plasma, to be viewed as a first step towards a full description of the dynamics of heavy quark systems in a quark–gluon plasma, including bound state formation. The heavy quark is treated as a non-relativistic particle interacting with a fluctuating field, whose correlator is determined by a hard thermal loop approximation. This approximation, which concerns only the medium in which the heavy quark propagates, is the only one that is made, and it can be improved. The dynamics of the heavy quark is given exactly by a quantum mechanical path integral that is calculated in this paper in the Euclidean space–time using numerical Monte Carlo techniques. The spectral function of the heavy quark in the medium is then reconstructed using a Maximum Entropy Method. The path integral is also evaluated exactly in the case where the mass of the heavy quark is infinite; one then recovers known results concerning the complex optical potential that controls the long time behavior of the heavy quark. The heavy quark correlator and its spectral function is also calculated semi-analytically at the one-loop order, which allows for a detailed description of the coupling between the heavy quark and the plasma collective modes.
Nuclear Physics A.
Università degli Studi di Torino
INFN - Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare