University of Minnesota
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Wednesday, March 21st 2018
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Aleksey Cherman, University of Washington
Subject: Symmetries, order parameters, and the phase diagram of nuclear matter
Candidate for the Nucear Theory Assistant Professor position

The phases of matter at extreme temperatures and densities are essentially determined by strong nuclear interactions. But for most temperatures and densities, we lack the theoretical tools to efficiently study QCD, the quantum field theory describing the strong nuclear force. For instance, in much of the phase diagram of QCD, there are very few well-defined order parameters to label its phases. I will describe recent advances in understanding the symmetries and order parameters of QCD, with a focus on the implications for understanding the phase diagram of nuclear matter as a function of temperature and density.

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