Special Nuclear Theory Seminar

Thu, Nov 15, 2018 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
PSC 1136 or PSC 3150


Three seminar dates, two locations
Wednesday, Nov 14 at 2:30pm in PSC 1136;
Thursday, Nov 15 at 2:30pm in PSC 3150;
and Friday, Nov 16 at 2:30pm in PSC 3150

Title: Relativistic Fluid Dynamics Out of Equilibrium

Speaker: Paul Romatschke, University of Colorado

Abstract: In standard textbooks, fluid dynamics is often introduces as
a near-equilibrium approximation to classical kinetic theory. Recent
advances both in theory for out-of-equilibrium quantum field theories
and experimental data from high energy colliders have taught us that
the textbooks are wrong: fluid dynamics quantitatively applies in
out-of-equilibrium, and highly quantum-mechanical, situations. In
these lectures, I will discuss how modern out-of-equilibrium fluid
dynamics is set up, how it relates to familiar microscopic approaches
such as kinetic theory and gauge/gravity duality, and how and when it
breaks down. If time allows, I'll also mention hydrodynamics result
for high-energy nuclear collisions at the LHC as an application of
this out-of-equilibrium fluid dynamics framework.

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