PHY552-01, Nuclear Physics II, Fall 2016

Physics of heavy ion collisions and quark-gluon plasma

Prof.Edward Shuryak

(office C139, phone 632-8127)

Home page: dau2.physics.sunysb.edu/~shuryak/2017_heavy_ions/heavy_ions_2017_ad.html

Tu, Thur time to be defined, C133 (G.Brown room)

The first lecture aug.29., 9am





THE MAIN OBJECTIVE is to introduce graduate students, both THEORISTS and EXPERIMENTALISTS,

to theory and phenomenology of heavy ion collisions and quark-gluon plasma


Overview: the ``Little Bang"

Introduction to QCD and QGP

Introduction to heavy ion physics

Chemical and kinetic freezeouts

Heavy quarks and quarkonia in heavy ion production

HBT interfermometry

QCD thermodynamics on the lattice

Relativistic hydrodynamics

Describing an ultrarelativistic explosion

Elliptic flow

Higher order flow harmonics, relation to Big Bang perturbations

collective phenomena in ``small systems"

Electromagnetic probes

Jet quenching

sQGP is an unusual fluid: summary on kinetics

sQGP 1: strongly coupled plasmas

sQGP 2: electric-magnetic duality

sQGP 3: AdS/CFT duality and holographic QCD

Current views on initial conditions and equilibration

A quest for QCD critical point and event-by-event fluctuations

Topological fluctuations in heavy ion collisions, chiral magnetic effect

QCD and electroweak phase transitions in the Big Bang, gravity waves


PRE-REQUISITES: Grad. or undergrad general course on Particle/Nuclear physics; QFT-I and Statistical Mechanics desirable.

No textbooks exist which fits it: lecture notes will be provided.


The grade will be be based on quality of the presentations

which students are supposed to give as exam, based on research papers from a supplied list.