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Gauge/String Duality, Hot QCD and Heavy Ion Collisions


  • Date Published: June 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107022461

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  • Heavy ion collision experiments recreating the quark-gluon plasma that filled the microseconds-old universe have established that it is a nearly perfect liquid that flows with such minimal dissipation that it cannot be seen as made of particles. String theory provides a powerful toolbox for studying matter with such properties. This book provides a comprehensive introduction to gauge/string duality and its applications to the study of the thermal and transport properties of quark-gluon plasma, the dynamics of how it forms, the hydrodynamics of how it flows, and its response to probes including jets and quarkonium mesons. Calculations are discussed in the context of data from RHIC and LHC and results from finite temperature lattice QCD. The book is an ideal reference for students and researchers in string theory, quantum field theory, quantum many-body physics, heavy ion physics and lattice QCD.

    • Features self-contained introductions to heavy ion physics, allowing readers from different fields to understand the material
    • Gives broad coverage of string theory applications to heavy ion physics, serving as a reference for researchers
    • Provides state-of-the-art reviews of applications to far-from-equilibrium physics
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    '… for its clarity, topicality, and authority, this volume … certainly is the book that every mathematical physicist should wish to have read about the subject.' Johannes Walcher, Zentralblatt MATH

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107022461
    • length: 465 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 178 x 23 mm
    • weight: 1.09kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 71 colour illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Opening remarks
    2. A heavy ion phenomenology primer
    3. Results from lattice QCD at nonzero temperature
    4. Introducing the gauge/string duality
    5. A duality toolbox
    6. Bulk properties of strongly coupled plasma
    7. From hydrodynamics for far-from-equilibrium dynamics
    8. Probing strongly coupled plasma
    9. Quarkonium mesons in strongly coupled plasma
    10. Concluding remarks and outlook

  • Authors

    Jorge Casalderrey-Solana, Universitat de Barcelona
    Jorge Casalderrey-Solana is a Ramón y Cajal Researcher at the Universitat de Barcelona. His research focuses on the properties of QCD matter produced in ultra-relativistic heavy ion collisions.

    Hong Liu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Hong Liu is an Associate Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests include quantum gravity and exotic quantum matter.

    David Mateos, Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA) and Universitat de Barcelona
    David Mateos is ICREA Research Professor at the University of Barcelona, where he leads a group working on the connection between string theory and quantum chromodynamics.

    Krishna Rajagopal, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Krishna Rajagopal is a Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research focuses on QCD at high temperature or density, where new understanding can come from unexpected directions.

    Urs Achim Wiedemann, Conseil Européen de Recherches Nucléaires, Geneva
    Urs Achim Wiedemann is a Senior Theoretical Physicist at CERN, researching the theory and phenomenology of ultra-relativistic heavy ion collisions.

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