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Friday, October 19, 2007
Physics Building, Room 204
Note special time.
[Host: Bob Hirosky ]
University of Illinois Chicago
"Creating a Quark Gluon Plasma with Heavy Ion Collisions"
It has now been seven years since a new era in relativistic heavy ion
research began with the first beams at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider
(RHIC). The primary goal of this effort was to heat a small volume of
space so high that normal matter, comprised of protons and neutrons,
dissolves into their constituent parts, the quarks and gluons, thus
possibly creating a quark gluon plasma and perhaps even providing a window
into how the universe may have looked in the first micro-seconds of its
birth. In this talk, I will review the motivation and foundations for
this endeavor, discuss several discoveries since RHIC began, explore a few
of the more recent measurements, and look forward to what the very
exciting and promising future will bring, especially in light of the
startup of the new Large Hadron Collider in CERN.
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