University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Nuclear Physics Seminar

Wednesday, October 21st 2009
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Joe Kapusta, University of Minnesota
Subject: Equation of State and Phase Fluctuations near the Chiral Critical Point

The thermodynamics and critical exponents and amplitudes of high temperature and dense matter near the chiral critical point is studied. The parameterized equation of state matches on to that calculated with lattice QCD at zero chemical potential and to the known properties of nuclear matter at zero temperature. The extent to which finite size effects wash out the phase separation near the critical point is determined. The degree to which the critical point acts as an attractor in high energy heavy ion collisions is also investigated.

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