Nuclear Physics & RIKEN Theory Seminar

"Hydrodynamical behavior and thermalization of a strongly coupled Yang-Mills plasma from AdS/CFT"

Presented by Guillaume Beuf, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Friday, November 6, 2009, 2:00 pm — Small Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

Some data from RHIC suggest that the QGP may be strongly coupled, and behave as a nearly perfect fluid. This observation has triggered many studies based on gauge/string duality. In particular, the hydrodynamical behavior of strongly coupled gauge theories is now undertood thanks to the fluid/gravity correspondence. The understanding of the thermalization process towards a QGP remains one of the main theoretical problems in heavy ion collisions physics. Assuming that this process occurs at strong coupling, it can be adressed using AdS/CFT. After a review of the fluid/gravity correspondence, I will present recents attempts to study thermalization with AdS/CFT. Then I will briefly discuss the problem of the choice of meaningful initial conditions before thermalization.

Hosted by: Kevin Dusling

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