Many-body high energy QCD: from wee partons to the perfect fluid

Thursday, April 29th, 2010
Speaker: Raju Venugopalan Brookhaven National Laboratory
A high energy hadron can be visualized as a Lorentz contracted core of valence partons accompanied by a furry sea of wee partons. The many-body properties of these wee
partons and their evolution with energy can be described by a weak coupling effective field theory called the Color Glass Condensate (CGC). Novel factorization theorems allow us to understand quantitatively the early time
dynamics of heavy-ion collisions when two CGCs shatter forming a classical fluid called the Glasma. We discuss the properties of this Glasma and some of its experimental manifestations in heavy-ion collisions.
If time permits, we shall outline outstanding conceptual issues in understanding the evolution of the Glasma into the Quark-Gluon Plasma.
Host: 
Michael Ramsey-Musolf
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Room and Building: 
4274 Chamberlin
Time:
4:00 pm

 

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