Progress in understanding properties of the strongly interacting quark-gluon plasma discovered at RHIC
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Mercredi 22/04/2009, 11:00
Bat 141, salle André Berthelot (143) Masque recommandé, CEA Paris-Saclay
The first phase of exploration in relativistic heavy ion collisions at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) has resulted in the discovery of a new state of hot, dense matter. This strongly interacting plasma of quarks and gluons exhibits remarkable behavior, including collective effects which suggest strong collective flow is established among its parton constituents in the earliest moments of the collision. Recent results from the ongoing effort to illuminate the properties of this new state of matter and the initial conditions which underlie its formation will be discussed.