We study nonequilibrium dynamics of SU(2) lattice gauge theory in Minkowski space-time in a classical-statistical regime, where characteristic gluon occupancies are much larger than unity. In this strongly correlated system far from equilibrium, the correlations of energy and topological densities show self-similar behavior related to a turbulent cascade toward higher momentum scales. We employ persistent homology to infer topological features of the gluonic plasma via a hierarchy of simplicial and cubical complexes. All topological observables under investigation are also manifestly gauge invariant and are shown to exhibit self-similar evolution, which relates the spatial and temporal properties of the plasma in terms of universal scaling exponents and functions. The findings may help one to understand the early stages of heavy-ion collisions in the limit of high energies, and our methods can also facilitate the topological analysis of other complex systems such as those encountered in experiments with ultracold quantum gases.

D. Spitz, K. Boguslavski, J. Berges, “Probing universal dynamics with topological data analysis
in a gluonic plasma”, Phys. Rev. D 108, 056016 (2023).


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