Professor of Physics and Chair of the Physics Department William Zajc will discuss Revisiting the Big Bang in the Laboratory.
What can collisions of heavy nuclei such as gold or lead traveling at nearly the speed of light and creating temperatures in excess of a trillion degrees - the hottest temperatures ever studied in the laboratory - tell us about the big bang? What happens when ordinary protons and neutrons are exposed to such high temperatures? How did a theory of black hole physics in extra spatial dimensions anticipate experimental discoveries about quark-gluon plasma? Come listen to Zajc discuss quark-gluon plasma and the cutting edges of theory and practice in experimental physics.
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