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Author Satz, H.

Title Extreme states of matter in strong interaction physics : an introduction / Helmut Satz
Published Berlin ; New York : Springer, ©2012


Description 1 online resource (xiii, 239 pages) : illustrations
Series Lecture notes in physics, 1616-6361 ; v. 841
Lecture notes in physics ; 841. 0075-8450
Contents The Analysis of Dense Matter -- The Physics of Complex Systems -- The Limits of Hadron Physics -- From Hadrons to Quarks -- Statistical QCD -- Broken Symmetries -- The QCD Phase Diagram -- The Quark-Gluon Plasma -- The Little Bang -- Probing the Quark-Gluon Plasma -- The Fireball Paradigm -- The Event Horizon of Confinement -- Outlook
Summary The thermodynamics of strongly interacting matter has become a profound and challenging area of modern physics, both in theory and in experiment. Statistical quantum chromodynamics, through analytical as well as numerical studies, provides the main theoretical tool, while in experiment, high-energy nuclear collisions are the key for extensive laboratory investigations. The field therefore straddles statistical, particle and nuclear physics, both conceptually and in the methods of investigation used. This course-tested primer addresses above all the many young scientists starting their scientific research in this field, providing them with a general, self-contained introduction that emphasizes in particular the basic concepts and ideas, with the aim of explaining why we do what we do. To achieve this goal, the present text concentrates mainly on equilibrium thermodynamics: first, the fundamental ideas of strong interaction thermodynamics are introduced and then the main concepts and methods used in the study of the physics of complex systems are summarized. Subsequently, simplified phenomenological pictures, leading to critical behavior in hadronic matter and to hadron-quark phase transitions are introduced, followed by elements of finite-temperature lattice QCD leading to the important results obtained in computer simulation studies of the lattice approach. Next, the relation of the resulting critical behavior to symmetry breaking/restoration in QCD is clarified before the text turns to the study of the QCD phase diagram. The presentation of bulk equilibrium thermodynamics is completed by studying the properties of the quark-gluon plasma as new state of strongly interacting matter. The final chapters of the book are devoted to more specific topics which arise when nuclear collisions are considered as a tool for the experimental study of QCD thermodynamics
Analysis Physics
Nuclear physics
Quantum theory
Nuclear Physics, Heavy Ions, Hadrons
Elementary Particles, Quantum Field Theory
Statistical Physics, Dynamical Systems and Complexity
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed March 21, 2014)
In Springer eBooks
Subject Thermodynamic equilibrium.
Quantum chromodynamics.
Strong interactions (Nuclear physics)
Quantum chromodynamics.
Strong interactions (Nuclear physics)
Thermodynamic equilibrium.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9783642239083