Non-extensive self-consistent thermodynamical theory

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In experimental physics, researchers have proposed Non-extensive self-consistent thermodynamic theory to describe phenomena observed in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). This theory investigates a fireball for high-energy particle collisions, while using Tsallis non-extensive thermodynamics.[1] Fireballs lead to the bootstrap idea, or self-consistency principle, just as in the Boltzmann statistics used by Rolf Hagedorn.[2] Assuming the distribution function gets variations, due to possible symmetrical change, Abdel Nasser Tawfik applied the non-extensive concepts of high-energy particle production.[3][4]

The motivation to use the non-extensive statistics from Tsallis[5] comes from the results obtained `by Bediaga et al.[6] They showed that with the substitution of the Boltzmann factor in Hagedorn's theory by the q-exponential function, it was possible to recover good agreement between calculation and experiment, even at energies as high as those achieved at the LHC, with q>1.

Non-extensive entropy for ideal quantum gas[edit]

The starting point of the theory is entropy for a non-extensive quantum gas of bosons and fermions, as proposed by Conroy, Miller and Plastino,[1] which is given by S_q=S_q^{FD}+S_q^{BE} where S_q^{FD} is the non-extended version of the Fermi–Dirac entropy and S_q^{BE} is the non-extended version of the Bose–Einstein entropy.

That group[2] and also Clemens and Worku,[3] the entropy just defined leads to occupation number formulas that reduce to Bediaga's. C. Beck,[4] shows the power-like tails present in the distributions found in high energy physics experiments.

Non-extensive partition function for ideal quantum gas[edit]

Using the entropy defined above, the partition function results are

Since experiments have shown that , this restriction is adopted.

Another way to write the non-extensive partition function for a fireball is

where is the density of states of the fireballs.

Self-consistency principle[edit]

Self-consistency implies that both forms of partition functions must be asymptotically equivalent and that the mass spectrum and the density of states must be related to each other by


in the limit of sufficiently large.

The self-consistency can be asymptotically achieved by choosing[1]


where is a constant and . Here, are arbitrary constants. For the two expressions above approach the corresponding expressions in Hagedorn's theory.

Main results[edit]

With the mass spectrum and density of states given above, the asymptotic form of the partition function is



One immediate consequence of the expression for the partition function is the existence of a limiting temperature . This result is equivalent to Hagedorn's result.[2] With these results, it is expected that at sufficiently high energy, the fireball presents a constant temperature and constant entropic factor.

Experimental evidence[edit]

Experimental evidence of the existence of a limiting temperature and of a limiting entropic index can be found in J. Cleymans and collaborators,[3][4] and I. Sena and A. Deppman.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b c A. Deppman, Physica A 391 (2012) 6380.
  2. ^ a b c R. Hagedorn, Suppl. Al Nuovo Cimento 3 (1965) 147.
  3. ^ a b c J. Cleymans and D. Worku, J. Phys. G: Nucl. Part. Phys. 39 (2012) 025006.
  4. ^ a b c J. Cleymans, G.I. Lykasov, A.S. Parvan, A.S. Sorin, O.V. Teryaev and D. Worku, arXiv:1302.1970 (2013).
  5. ^ I. Sena and A. Deppman, Eur. Phys. J. A 49 (2013) 17.
  6. ^ I. Sena and A. Deppman, AIP Conf. Proc. 1520, 172 (2013) - arXiv:1208.2952v1.