PHY552, NUCLEAR PHYSICS II, Fall 2015

Prof.Edward Shuryak

(office C139, phone 632-8127)

Home page: dau2.physics.sunysb.edu/~shuryak/NPII-2015/NPII_15_ad.html



TuTh 10:00AM - 11:20AM C133 (G.Brown room)





THE MAIN OBJECTIVE is to introduce graduate students, both THEORISTS and EXPERIMENTALISTS, to nuclear/hadronic physics based on QCD. We start with quantum field theory at finite temperature and density,

introducing usage of Feynman diagrams in quantum mechanical and many-body problems (interacting Bose and Fermi gases, superconductivity). Then we discuss symmetries and phases of QCD, introduce Lattice Gauge theories and review the main results. The focus is on the non-perturbative phenomena, related with gauge topology,

electric-magnetic duality and confinement. Then we will switch to experimental study of the

Quark-Gluon Plasma in heavy ion collisions, as well as in “small systems” (pp, pA at RHIC,LHC)

which are currently under investigation. After experimental review, we return to theory and introduce

elements of AdS/CFT correspondence, a theoretical tool to study strongly coupled systems. We end with the discussion of the

derivation of hydrodynamics, in versions of increasing accuracy, and equilibration phenomena in this setting.


PRE-REQUISITES: Grad. or undergrad general course on Particle/Nuclear physics required; Nucl.Phys.I and Statistical Mechanics desirable. No textbooks exist which fits it: reading will be provided by the lecture notes.


Field theory at finite temperature: the simplest perturbative applications

Bose condensation and superconductivity as non-trivial examples

QCD symmetries and the QCD phase diagram, lattice gauge theory

Electric-magnetic duality, monopoles, confinement in dual superconductor

Chiral symmetry breaking, NJL model

Instantons, instanton-dyons, confinement and chiral symmetry breaking

Heavy ion collisions: the space-time picture, equilibration and freezeouts

Relativistic hydrodynamics and flows

Large and small systems: review of current RHIC/LHC data

Strong coupling regime and the AdS/CFT correspondence

Hydrodynamics, emerging order by order, from AdS/CFT

Equilibration in AdS/CFT


The grade will be be based on quality of the presentation which students are supposed to make at the end of the semester, based on a research paper from a supplied list.