Theory overview of Heavy Ion collisions
Lappi, T. (2016). Theory overview of Heavy Ion collisions. In J. Bijnens, A. Hoecker, & J. Olsen (Eds.), LHCP2016 : Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Large Hadron Collider Physics (pp. 1-18). PoS : Proceedings of Science, LHCP2016 (016). Sissa. Retrieved from http://pos.sissa.it/archive/conferences/276/016/LHCP2016_016.pdf
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This presentation discusses some recently active topics in the theoretical interpretation of high energy heavy ion collisions at the LHC and at RHIC. We argue that the standard paradigm for understanding the spacetime evolution of the bulk of the matter produced in the collision is provided by viscous relativistic hydrodynamics, which can be used to systematically extract properties of the QCD medium from experimental results. The initial conditions of this hydrodynamical evolution are increasingly well understood in terms of gluon saturation, and can be quantified using Classical Yang-Mills fields and QCD effective kinetic theory. Hard and electromagnetic probes of the plasma provide additional constraints. A particularly fascinating subject are high multiplicity proton-proton and proton-nucleus collisions, where some of the characteristics previously attributed to only nucleus-nucleus collisions have been observed.
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