Director General of the Wigner Research Centre for Physics (Wigner RCP), Budapest, Hungary
Born: 8 August 1962, Miskolc, Hungary, Hungarian Nationality
Since 1986 I have published more than 100 papers on theoretical high energy physics, focusing on the production of quark-gluon plasma (QGP), the new phase of the strongly interacting nuclear matter. I investigated the properties of QGP and its hadronization by field theoretical and phenomenological models. I used relativistic hydrodynamics, thermodynamics, statistical physics, I developed new resummation methods in QCD for study jet energy loss in hot dense deconfined matter. My most cited papers: M. Gyulassy, P. Lévai, I. Vitev: Non-Abelian energy loss at finite opacity, Phys. Rev. Letters 85 (2000) 5535. [537 citations]; Reaction operator approach to non-Abelian energy loss, Nucl. Phys. B594 (2001) 371. [763 citations]; Total citation on theoretical papers: cca. 7000 citations
I participated in data analysis and the study of hadronic transverse momentum spectra, investigating thermal, flow and correlation effects, searching for QGP signatures in data on strange and charm particle production. (85 papers, cca. 6500 citations)
I participated in the construction of ALICE detector and the installation of the HMPID subdetector (organizing the activity of the Hungarian group as team leader between 2005-2012); participated in the upgrade project VHMPID; data analysis related to collective effects, jet energy loss and particle correlations. (300 papers, cca. 33000 citations)
Participation in the creation of the FCC Conceptual Design Report, as a member of the Hungarian FCC Group.
I have supervised the built-up of the Hungarian Group for CERN AWAKE Collaboration on laser-plasma accelerator, the SPOTTING Collaboration with CERN KT for visualization of large data bases, participated in the activity of the HEPTECH Collaboration on technology transfer. Recently we develop the ALICE Analysing Facility for next generation of computing facilities at Wigner Datacenter, which served as CERN Tier-0 center between 2013-2020.
I am teaching high energy nuclear physics at Eötvös Loránd University from 1989. I have accomplished my habilitation in 2000 and received the title of “private docent”. During last 20 years 8 students received MSc and 5 students received PhD degree under my supervision on topics related to high energy nuclear physics and quark-gluon plasma research. I give outreach talks regularly.