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Named Physics Chair
Thomas Ludlam has been named Chair of the Physics Department at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, effective September 1. He succeeds Sally Dawson, who had served in the position for two years. More...
Plasma and String Theory
by Pavel Kovtun
What does quark-gluon plasma have to do with black holes? The question is actually not so silly as it sounds. In fact, black holes constitute an essential part of the theoretical apparatus which is used to understand thermal properties of various strongly interacting QCD-like systems. The whole setup goes by the name of "AdS/CFT correspondence", and has generated interest from both QCD and black hole theorists. The number of recent papers trying to connect black holes to RHIC physics measures in hundreds, RHIC theorists are invited to major string theory conferences, and string theorists are invited to major heavy ion meetings. What is this all about? More...