**Gottfried Holzwarth**

Attempts to describe the cooling of a hot hadronic gas through effective chiral field theories, (in the simplest case an O(4) model (3 pseudoscalar plus one scalar field)), start out from a random ensemble of field configurations (high temperature, short correlation length) and follow the evolution of each individual field configuration in real time. During the cooling process formation of topological defects and of disoriented ordered domains (DCC) takes place, with baryon-antibaryon production and anomalous pion multiplicities as potential corresponding experimental signatures.

In the effective action the dominant next-to-leading order term is the
Skyrme term. Its strength determines the size of localized structures
that appear as static solutions of the field equations in nontrivial
topological sectors: skyrmions and bags. The Skyrme-Witten conjecture
identifies the (integer) winding number *B* with baryon number.

I discuss in this talk the simpler case of the 2d-O(3) model. It has a similar topological structure, but here the Skyrme term alone is not sufficient to provide the defects with a finite size. In condensed matter applications the presence of the Zeeman coupling to an external magnetic field helps to set the scale. However, due to its explicitly violating the O(3)-symmetry this stabilizing mechanism prevents the formation of disoriented domains.

Another possibility to fix the size of defects, without breaking the symmetry is to include a potential for the modulus of the O(3)-field. The cooling process then is monitored by the change of this potential in time, in relation to typical relaxation times of the fluctuating field configuration. The simplest situation is realized in a sudden quench where the hot initial configuration is exposed at t=0 to the zero temperature potential and evolves without dynamical feedback towards an ordered low-energy configuration. In order to study the mutual interplay in the formation of defects and DCC's

we distinguish two types of evolutions: *B*-conserving and *B*-violating.
As long as the modulus field does not take the value of zero at any point in
space and time, conservation of *B* is topologically protected. During the
field evolution the modulus will frequently pass through zero and defects
will
unwind to approach the lowest-energy topologically trivial configuration.
By imposing a constraint on *B* (which is a global property of
a configuration) we force the evolution to leave localized defects
embedded in otherwise smooth fields. The size of these defects is
determined by the coupling constants in the effective action, their density
(depending on their size) emerges from the evolution.

While *B* is given by the integral over the winding density ,
the number of defects (particles plus antiparticles) may be defined
as the integral over the absolute value of . Generally this is not
an integer, but for configurations with well-developed separate defects
it is close to an integer.
The equal-time correlation functions reflect in their short- and long-range
behaviour both the size of the emerging defects and the growth of
disoriented
domains during the evolution.

To implement the *B*-constraint into lattice simulations
we have to provide a way to calculate *B* for a given configuration.
We do this through a 'geodesic' approach which maps the elementary
spatial lattice triangle onto the smaller one of the two spherical
triangles which are cut out by the three image points on the
sphere on which the O(3)-vectors with unit length live.
In the continuum limit this converges smoothly to the standard
differential form of the winding density. For random configurations it
implies that on one lattice unit cell we can have either zero or
one defect with well-defined probability, but not more (similar to the
Kibble mechanism in cosmology). The total winding
*B* obtained in this way for some initial configuration then is preserved
in each update step of the evolution which finally leads to a smooth
configuration with that value of *B*.

The structure of the emerging defects is characterized by bag formation: large gradients in the angular variables (which imply large winding density) is preferably tied to small values of the modulus field (to reduce local energy) i.e. the charged matter gets concentrated inside localized bags. Depending on the coupling constants cluster formation may set in, where defects with several units of winding density sit inside a common bag.

To get an idea what sort of phenomenology we have to confront we demonstrate in an event-by-event analysis typical features of different evolutions.

All *B*-violating evolutions lead to a very small number of defects,
(independent of the initial value of *B*), which finally will also
unwind on much larger time scales (depending on the Metropolis algorithm).
Once the particle number has dropped to a few units, the size of aligned
domains in the embedding field approaches the lattice size.

In *B*-conserving evolutions (which are of interest due to their
possible implications for the hadronic 3*d*-O(4) case) defects can disappear
only via annihilation processes which happen preferably for overlapping
defects. Therefore the annihilation rate is sensitive to their size.
If their size is of the order of the lattice unit then the evolution
leaves a large number of them embedded in the smooth background
(even for *B*=0 configurations) and the size of aligned domains saturates at
a finite value (inversely proportional to the sqrt of the defect density).
This result is not very sensitive to the actual value of *B*, as long as
*B* is much smaller than the initial number of randomly produced defects.

If the defect size is increased by about one order of magnitude then
annihilation dominates the *B*-violating unwinding such that for *B*=0
configurations both types of evolutions proceed in a quite similar pattern:
both types eventually lead to fully aligned configurations with all
defects eliminated.

The result of *B*-conserving evolutions then, however, depends sensitively
on the actual value of *B*, because in the end the number of defects will
be equal to *B* (with all antiparticles eliminated) and, correspondingly,
the size of aligned domains then reflects *B*. or the number of clusters
in which the total *B* is split up.

Evidently, already this most simple case of a sudden quench is of remarkable complexity, and indicates that descriptions in terms of spatially constant mean fields may not be adequate. Dynamical feedback from a time-dependent potential is naturally included. Depending on the ratio of the corresponding time scale to the typical relaxation time it leads to reheating and particle production. Sampling the initial configurations according to an appropriate statistical ensemble we obtain in this way the final particle density (and its variance) as function of quench time. Information about the spectrum of elementary field modes may be obtained from analysing the time-dependent configurations in momentum space.