'Fire streaks' ever more real in the collisions of atomic nuclei and protons

Collisions of lead nuclei take place under extreme physical conditions. Their course can be described using a model which assumes that the transforming, extremely hot matter — the quark-gluon plasma — flows in the form of hundreds of streaks. Until now, the ‘fire streaks’ seemed to be purely theoretical structures. However, the latest analysis of collisions of individual protons reinforces the hypothesis that they represent a real physical phenomenon.
Source: EurekaAlert, https://www.eurekalert.org