Jun. Prof. Dr. Sören Schlichting, awarded the Zimanyi Medal this year, professor of the Bielefeld University is the next invited speaker of the Wigner Colloquia. Title of his lecture: Exploring the early stages of high-energy heavy-ion collisions

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(Photo: Bielefeld Egyetem)

Wigner Colloquia is a highlighted seminar series of the Wigner Research Centre for Physics. Invited speakers are the most excellent researchers from different areas of physics. The goal of the program is to give first-hand knowledge to our colleagues and the interested professional public from well-known scientists from all over the world.


Title of the colloquia: Exploring the early stages of high-energy heavy-ion collisions

Date: 15 November 2022, 14 p.m.

Place: Building 1, meeting room

Abstract: Over the past decades experiments at the Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collider (RHIC) and the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have discovered the formation of a de-confined Quark-Gluon Plasma (QGP), and established a standard picture of the space-time evolution of the QGP based on relativistic viscous hydrodynamics. While high-energy heavy-Ion collisions thus provide a unique laboratory to study QCD matter under extreme conditions, it has proven challenging to understand how the far-from equilibrium matter created in the collision turns into a nearly equilibrated plasma of quarks and gluons. Starting with a general introduction to the physics of heavy-ion collisions, I will highlight recent theoretical progress in understanding thermalization mechanisms in QCD plasmas and address the question how an almost equilibrated Quark-Gluon plasma is created during the early stages of high-energy collisions. I will also discuss how these studies provide new insights into the range of applicability of dissipative fluid dynamics and how the out-of-equilibrium dynamics of the QGP can be explored in more detail in future experiments at RHIC and LHC.


The CV of the speaker is available here.