UConn Physics Colloquium
New Frontiers of Physics at RHIC
Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, N.Y.
Four years ago, Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven started colliding heavy nuclei at record center-of-mass energies of up to 200 GeV/nucleon. Four years from now, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN will push the energy of the ions to an astounding 5 TeV/nucleon. What can be learnt from the experiments at these machines? What do we know about the physics of super-dense matter already?
I will argue that heavy ion accelerators bring us to the new frontiers of physical knowledge by creating strong color fields and very high densities of partons, at which qualitatively new phenomena emerge. I will discuss the implications of these results for the physics of strong interactions, astrophysics and cosmology.
Friday, December 10, 2004
Gant Science Complex
(We will meet for refreshments prior to the talk at 3:30 p.m., in the Gant Science Complex, Physics Library, Room P-103.)