Ultrarelativistic heavy-ion collisions: The physics of the Quark-Gluon Plasma
Module version of WS 2017/8
There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.
Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.
|available module versions|
|SS 2019||SS 2018||WS 2017/8||WS 2013/4|
PH2190 is a semester module in English or German language at Master’s level which is offered every semester.
This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.
- Specific catalogue of special courses for nuclear, particle, and astrophysics
- Complementary catalogue of special courses for condensed matter physics
- Complementary catalogue of special courses for Biophysics
- Complementary catalogue of special courses for Applied and Engineering Physics
If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.
|Total workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|150 h||40 h||5 CP|
Responsible coordinator of the module PH2190 in the version of WS 2017/8 was Laura Fabbietti.
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
- Kinematic variables
- Parton model
- Confinement and asymptotic freedom
- Chiral symmetry
3. NN and AA collisions
- Parton distribution functions
- Bjorken model
- Glauber model
4. Thermodynamics of the QGP
- MIT bag model
- Lattice QCD
- QCD phase diagram
5. Evolution of the QGP
- Energy density
- Radial flow
- Harmonic flow
6. Accelerators & Experiments
- SPS, RHIC, LHC
- e.g. NA50/60, PHENIX, CMS, ALICE
7. Hard Scattering
- Jets & jet quenching
8. Quarkonia and open heavy flavour
- Sequential melting
- Heavy quark energy loss
9. Thermal photons and dileptons
- QGP temperature
- Rho spectral function (chiral symmetry)
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|VO||2||Ultrarelativistic heavy-ion collisions: The physics of the Quark-Gluon Plasma||
Assistants: Dahms, T.
Wed, 12:00–14:00, PH II 127
Learning and Teaching Methods
Description of exams and course work
In an oral exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems. Furthermore each student presents a seminar talk on one of the modules topics. The module grade is obtained equally from oral exam and talk.
The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.