Description 
1 online resource (xiii, 239 pages) : illustrations 
Series 
Lecture notes in physics, 16166361 ; v. 841 

Lecture notes in physics ; 841. 00758450

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 QuarkGluon Plasma  The Little Bang  Probing the QuarkGluon 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, highenergy 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 coursetested primer addresses above all the many young scientists starting their scientific research in this field, providing them with a general, selfcontained 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 hadronquark phase transitions are introduced, followed by elements of finitetemperature 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 quarkgluon 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)


Physique.


Astronomie.


Quantum chromodynamics.


Strong interactions (Nuclear physics)


Thermodynamic equilibrium.

Form 
Electronic book

ISBN 
9783642239083 

3642239080 

3642239072 

9783642239076 
