"Physics and Astronomy Colloquium-Thomas Schaefer" - Department of Physics and Astronomy

Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

“Physics and Astronomy Colloquium-Thomas Schaefer”

September 18 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

UNC-CH Physics and Astronomy Colloquium

Thomas Schaefer, North Carolina State University

“The QCD Critical Point”

I summarize arguments that suggest that the phase diagram of QCD (the theory of quarks and gluons) has a critical endpoint which is analogous to the endpoint of the water-vapor transition. I will argue that this point can be searched for in collisions of relativistic heavy ions. The main observables are fluctuation measurements, and the expected signatures are related to critical opalescence. I summarize the ongoing theoretical and experimental efforts devoted to observing signatures of critical fluctuations. I argue that along the way, we have gained new insights into an old theory of fluid dynamics.



September 18
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm