February 19, 2018, 12:00 PM, 112W
Veronica Dexheimer (Kent State University)
Phase Transitions in Dense Matter

As the density of matter increases, atomic nuclei disintegrate into nucleons and, eventually, the nucleons themselves disintegrate into quarks. The phase transitions (PT's) between these phases can vary from steep first order to smooth crossovers, depending on certain conditions. First order PT's with more than one globally conserved charge, so-called non-congruent PT's, have characteristic differences compared to congruent PT's. I discuss the non-congruence of the quark deconfinement PT at high densities and/or temperatures relevant for heavy ion collisions, neutron stars, proto-neutron stars, supernova explosions and compact star mergers