Nuclear Theory Seminars at Texas A&M: Spring 2009

Location: Cyclotron Building (434), Seminar Room

Tuesday, January 27, 4:00pm
      Cyclotron Seminar
      C.Y. Wong (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

    "Quarkonia in Medium"

Friday, January 30 , 4:00pm
Steffen A. Bass (Duke University) 
"What do we know about the shear-viscosity of QCD matter?"

                The success of ideal Relativistic Fluid Dynamics (RFD) in describing hadron
            spectra and elliptic flow at RHIC has led to a strong interest in the transport coefficients of QCD,
            in particular the shear- and bulk-viscosity as well as the shear-viscosity over entropy-density
            ratio /s.
                In my talk I will review our current state of knowledge on the shear viscosity of QCD
            matter at RHIC. In particular I will focus on the question whether low viscosity matter needs
            to be strongly interacting in the deconfined phase and on recent calculations of /s for a
            hadron gas in and out of chemical equilibrium.


  • Tuesday, March 3 , 3:45 pm  Cyclotron Colloquium 
  • Hendrik van Hess (University of Giessen) 
    "Heavy Quarks in Quak-Gluon Plasma"


  • Friday, March 13 , 4:00 pm   
  • Hendrik van Hees (University of Giessen) 
    "Dilepton production in nuclear collisions around 1 GeV"


  • Friday, April 17 , 4:00pm  Cyclotron Colloquium
    Jianwei Qiu (Iowa State University) 
    "Quantum Chromodynamics and High Energy Collisions"

           QCD as a theory of strong interaction has been extremely successful
    in interpreting the high energy scattering phenomena taking place at
    a distance scale less than 1/10 fm. However, it faces many challenges
    to explain the new and exciting phenomena observed in high energy
    collisions involving large nuclei.
                    In this talk, I will briefly review the success of QCD and the limitation of
    QCD calculations. I will identify the underline dynamics that contributes
    to the nuclear dependence of cross sections in high energy nuclear
    collisions. I will demonstrate the close connection between the observed
    nuclear dependence and the partonic multiple scatterings in nuclear matter.
                    I will discuss new opportunities to explore QCD dynamics from high
    energy nuclear collisions and the role of hard probes in studying the
    properties of hot medium produced in relativistic heavy ion collisions.

    Previous seminars

    Fall 2008
    Spring 2008
    Fall 2007
    Spring 2007
    Fall 2006
    Spring 2006
    Fall 2005
    Spring 2005
    Fall 2004
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    Fall 2003

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