Is there any reference (book/review article etc.) where the physics of heavy ion collisions is overviewed?
To be absolutely clear about things, I am looking for a introductory review which covers the physics aspects of the progression through the following stages
- stable nuclei
- quark-gluon plasma formation
- hadron interactions and decay
- final observable particles (leptons, photons etc.)
with special emphasis on parameters like
time for these stages,
particle densities etc.
Apparently all the literature I have scanned through talks about bits and parts, a comprehensive big picture is unclear to me largely.