Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 4:00 pm — Berkner Hall Auditorium
As the world's newest and largest operating accelerator for nuclear physics research, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven Lab has been smashing beams of gold ions together since 2000, to duplicate on the atomic level conditons that last existed after the Big Bang. In 2005, RHIC's four teams of physicists announced that, contrary to expectation, what existed a few microseconds after the Big Bang is not a plasma of weakly interacting quarks and gluons ï¿½ it is a liquid of strongly interacting quarks and gluons. This Brookhaven lecture will explore the properties of this matter, in terms of measurements of particle abundance, temperature flow, flavor production and jet quenching, and the relationship to the fundamental properties of Quantum Chromodynamics. After reviewing ongoing measurements and results presented at Quark Matter 2006 in November, the speaker will describe detector upgrades that will advance the understanding of the QCD matter created at RHIC.
Hosted by: Fulvia Pilat and Brant Johnson
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