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By colliding heavy ions at nearly the speed of light, scientists are exploring both our physical world and conditions at the beginning of the universe. With applications in nuclear physics, particle physics, astrophysics, cosmology and condensed-matter physics, this text will provide the foundation for a range of graduate students and young researchers in both experimental and particle physics. 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.
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1 Introduction2 Kinematics of heavy ion collisions3 Glauber model4 Classical theories for macroscopic systems5 Quantum Chromdynamics6 Equation of state for QGP and hadronic resonance gas7 Modeling Relativistic Heavy Ion Collisions8 Two particle Correlation9 Signals of Quark-Gluon-PlasmaA Units and Mathematics

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.

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