Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 10:30 AM, room 385
Guilherme Milhano
How jets unravel the quark gluon plasma

Ultra-relativistic collisions of heavy nuclei produce a hot and dense state of nuclear matter where the colored fundamental degrees of freedom of Quantum Chromodynamics - quarks and gluons - are no longer confined within nucleons. This state of matter, commonly referred to as Quark Gluon Plasma (QGP), was discovered and confirmed at the SPS, RHIC and the LHC. At present, the focus of QGP-related experimental and phenomenological/theoretical reserach agendas has shifted towards the full characterization of the QGP dynamical properties. I will give a broad survey of the key questions raised by our current understanding of the QGP and their connection to other fields of Physics. Then, I will focus on the unique role jets - collimated sprays of hadrons originating from the most energetic sub-collisions in the overall collision process - play in answering those questions and motivate a pathway to full QGP unravelling research program with jets.