This text introduces the subject of relativistic high-energy heavy-ion collisions and in particular, the subject of the quark-gluon plasma (QGP). Starting with a conceptual basis for QGP formation in heavy-ion collisions, the author then proceeds to provide a more rigorous foundation by introducing gauge theory, QCD and lattice QCD. These topics are introduced briefly but with sufficient coverage that the reader can comprehend their applications in heavy-ion collisions. Two-particle correlation (Hanbury-Brown-Twiss) method and recent advances in hydrodynamical modelling, including event-by-event hydrodynamics are also discussed, bringing the coverage up to the leading areas of current research.
About the Author
Asis K Chaudhuri, Head, Theoretical Physics Division, Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata, received his initial training at the prestigious Training School, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai. He obtained his doctoral degree from University of Calcutta. His primary research interest is high energy nuclear physics, in particular physics of Quark Gluon Plasma. He has healthy interest in other areas of Physics, e.g. chaos, early universe, physics beyond standard model etc. and occasionally contributed scientifically in those areas. He has authored/co-authored approximately 100 research articles in journals.
Table of Contents
2 Kinematics of heavy ion collisions
3 Glauber model
4 Classical theories for macroscopic systems
5 Quantum Chromdynamics
6 Equation of state for QGP and hadronic resonance gas
7 Modeling Relativistic Heavy Ion Collisions
8 Two particle Correlation
9 Signals of Quark-Gluon-Plasma
A Units and Mathematics