Nuclear Physics Seminars
Tuesday, January 15, 2002
Physics Building, Room 204
[Host: S. Liuti]
Department of Physics, Duke University & RIKEN-BNL Research Center Fellow
" Quark-Gluon-Plasma Theory: Overview of status and perspectives"
It is believed that shortly after the creation of the universe in
the Big Bang all matter was in a state called the Quark Gluon Plasma
Due to the rapid expansion of the Universe, this plasma went through
a phase transition to form hadrons and nuclear matter as we know it today.
The investigation of QGP properties will yield important novel insights
into the development of the early universe and the behavior of QCD
under extreme conditions.
It is sought to recreate this highly excited state of primordial matter
under controlled laboratory conditions using relativistic heavy ion
collisions, e.g. at the Super-Proton-Synchrotron (SPS) at CERN and at
the Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collider (RHIC) at
Brookhaven National Laboratory. SPS and first RHIC data
have yielded many interesting and
sometimes surprising results which have not yet been fully
evaluated or understood by theory.
I will review the current status of QGP theory - main emphasis will
be put on what we have learned at the SPS and at RHIC and what the most
pressing challenges are for the near future.
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