Nuclear Physics Seminar

Gravitational collisions and the quark-gluon plasma

Wilke van der Schee (MIT)

October 30th, 2014, 10:00 am

This talk will give an overview of recent attempts to use holography to understand the thermalisation of heavy-ion collisions. For this I will briefly review the current status of heavy-ion collisions, and argue that holography may improve our understanding of some aspects of these collisions. After this I will highlight some of my recent work, in particular stressing a new universal shape of the initial energy density in the longitudinal direction of the collisions. Lastly I will show new results of colliding charged shock waves, which may have implications f or the chemical potential during a heavy-ion collision.

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