Ultrarelativistic heavy-ion collisions: The physics of the Quark-Gluon Plasma
This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.
Module version of SS 2018
There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.
|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
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 SS 2018 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.