Nuclear Chemistry/Physics Seminar

"Recent Discoveries at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider"

Presented by Dr. Kirill Filimonov

Thursday, November 17, 2005, 11:00 am — Bldg 555 - Room 300

In recent years, experiments conducted at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory have made new discoveries in elucidating the properties of QCD matter at extremely high energy density. The bulk of the matter created in heavy-ion collisions has been shown to behave as a nearly ideal, non-viscous fluid, strikingly well described by relativistic hydrodynamics based on the QCD equation of state. The matter has been found to be extremely opaque to energetic partons revealing that the initial energy densities reached in heavy-ion collisions
exceed 50-100 times that of ground state nuclei. I will present an overview of the results establishing the creation of hot and dense matter at RHIC, with a focus on the jet quenching and elliptic flow phenomena.

Hosted by: Mark Baker

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