Physics Colloquium

"Thermalization of the quark-gluon plasma in ultra-relativistc heavy ion collisions"

Presented by Jean-Paul Blaizot, Saclay

Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 3:30 pm — Hamilton Seminar Room, Bldg. 555

There is robust evidence from RHIC, and now from the LHC, that matter produced in ultra-relativistic heavy ion collisions is (nearly) in local equilibrium. To understand how this is achieved, that is, to understand the detailed mechanisms by which the partonic degrees of freedom of the initial nuclear wave functions get freed and subsequently interact to reach local equilibrium, is a challenging problem. In this talk, after reviewing the empirical evidence, I shall discuss recent progress on various issues related to the thermalization of the quark-gluon plasma.

Hosted by: William Morse

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