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The Nuclear Theory Group at Brookhaven National Laboratory is a world leader in High Energy Nuclear Physics. We have a vigorous research program, aimed at understanding the fundamental structure of matter. We maintain a synergy with the experimental program at RHIC; with the research done by RIKEN-BNL Center; and with the Lattice Gauge Theory and High Energy Theory Groups.

Quark-Gluon phase diagram

Quark-Gluon Plasma Phase Diagram

A map of the different states of nuclear matter.


energy density

Energy Density after Hydrodynamic Evolution

Hydro simulation of a single Au+Au collision. Shown is the energy density in the transverse plane.

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Chiral Magnetic Effect

Chiral Magnetic Effect

Charge separation effect — domain walls that separate the region of θ≠0 from the outside vacuum with θ=0 become charged in the presence of an external magnetic field, with the surface charge density ~eθ/Π·eΒ/2Π.

Colour Glass Condensate

Color Glass Condensate (CGC)

The saturation scale, QQs, and how it scales with x and A.


Color Field Correlations

Rapidity Evolution of the Spatial Strong Color Field Correlations Probed by a Quark-anti Quark Probe

This illustrates the degree of fluctuations and shows how the correlation length decreases dynamically with increasing rapidity Y. More information on the calculation

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    High Energy Theory

    "Heavy Mesons in Jets"

    Presented by Adam Leibovich, University of Pittsburgh

    2 pm, Small Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 2:00 pm

    Hosted by: Sally Dawson

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    Nuclear Theory/RIKEN Seminar

    "Understanding the structure of hadrons through spin observables in hard-scattering processes"

    Presented by Daniel Pitonyak, BNL

    2 pm, Small Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

    Friday, February 12, 2016, 2:00 pm

    Hosted by: Soeren Schlichting

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    Physics Colloquium

    "Physics opportunities at future circular colliders"

    Presented by LianTao Wang, University of Chicago

    3:30 pm, Large Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

    Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 3:30 pm

    Hosted by: Robert Pisarski