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Matter at High Energy Density and Ultra-relativistic Collisions

Larry McLerran, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Monday, January 25, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
PAA A-102
In ultra-relativistic collisions of strongly interacting particles, matter at energy densities much greater than
that of atomic nuclei may be produced and studied. I discuss the foundations of the space-time pictures of
such collisions that provide the basis for describing the dynamics such matter. I also discuss the nature of the various forms
of high energy density strongly interacting matter. Such matter includes the Quark Gluon Plasma (high temperature and
baryon density matter near thermal equilibrium), the Color Glass Condensate (high energy density gluonic matter in
hadron wavefunctions) and the Glasma (highly coherent gluonic matter initially produced in collisions that evolves to a Quark Gluon Plasma).
The talk will present results from a personal histrorical perspective, with anecdotal comments. As much as possible, the talk
will not be technical and will attempt to be descriptive and qualitative.

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