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High temperature superfluidity in high energy heavy ion collisions at RHIC and forward physics with TOTEM at LHC – Tamas Csorgo

Date: Tue. January 13th, 2009, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Location: Rockefeller 221

Five important milestones have been achieved in high energy heavy ion collisions utilitizing the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at BNL: – a new phenomena – which was proven to signal a new state of matter – this state of matter was found to be a perfect fluid, with temperatures reaching 2 terakelvins and more – the degrees of freedom were shown to be the quarks – and the kinematic viscosity of this matter at extemely high temperatures were found to be less than that of a superfluid 4He at the onset of superfluidity. I will summarize these milestones and some more recent novel results of the RHIC programme and also outline an interesting new direction, the search for forward particle production using the TOTEM detector at the forthcoming LHC accelerator at CERN.

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