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Title: Jean-Paul Blaizot, "Bose-Einstein condensation in unusual circumstances"
Sharing: Public
Start Time: Wednesday April 09, 2014 04:00 PM
End Time: Wednesday April 09, 2014 05:00 PM
Location: The Joseph and Sophia Konopinski Colloquium Series, Swain West 119
Contact: Anne Foley
Free/Busy: busy

There is robust evidence  from RHIC, and now from the LHC, that matter produced in ultra-relativistic heavy ion collisions is (nearly) in local equilibrium. However, according to our present understanding, the number of gluons that get freed in the early stages  of the collisions are too numerous to be accommodated by an ordinary thermal distribution, and, assuming their number remains approximately constant as the system evolves toward equilibrium,  a natural, albeit controversial, possibility is that the excess gluons form a Bose-Einstein condensate. Aside from its potential relevance to the  problem of thermalization of the quark-gluon plasma, the formation of such a condensate in relativistic systems is an interesting problem in itself, several aspects of which will be addressed in the talk.

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Cost: FREE
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