Colloquium Schedule

Colloquium: Thursday, October 24th, 4:25 PM, Lewis Lab 316

The Unbearable Burden of Being Light: Emergence of Ordinary Matter

from Quarks and Gluons

Berndt Mueller

Duke University
In our everyday world, quarks and gluons, forever hide inside protons and neutrons. While their fundamental properties are encoded in the theory of quantum chromodynamics (QCD), many phenomenological aspects of QCD dynamics remain poorly understood. When gluons are massless and the quarks carry only a small fraction of the mass of a nucleon, how do nucleons acquire their large mass? How does nuclear matter emerge rom the hot quark-gluon plasma that permeated the universe shortly after the Big Bang? What are the limits of ordinary nuclear matter at high density, e.g. in the interior of neutron stars or neutron star mergers? My talk will explain where our investigation of these questions stands, aided by experiments at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider and elsewhere, and how future facilities, such as an Electron-Ion Collider can help us finding the answers.

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Physics and Astronomy Colloquia are usually scheduled for Thursdays at 4:25 PM in Lewis Lab room 316. Refreshments and snacks are available in the nearby coffee room at 4:00 PM.


Physics Colloquium Schedule for Fall 2019

Click on Title below for past or upcoming Announcements (where available), and Speaker name for website.        

August 29---
September 5V. DobrosavljevicFlorida StateLandau Theory for Disorder-Driven Metal-Insulator
September 12Ivan BiaggioLehigh University The Life and Times of Excitons in an Organic "Semiconductor": Fission, Fusion, Entanglement, Transport, and Dissociation
September 19Cyrus DreyerStony BrookThe Modern Theory of Polarization with a Twist
September 26Martin ZwierleinMITThe Sound of Fermions
October 3A.L. ExarhosLafayetteCreating, Controlling, and Characterizing Quantum Emission from Hexagonal Boron Nitride
October 10Edmund WebbLehigh UniversityMultiscale Modeling of the Human Blood Protein Von Willebrand Factor
October 17Eugene MeleU. PennAnomalous Velocity and Geometry in Wave Mechanics
October 24Berndt MuellerBrookhaven NLThe Unbearable Burden of Being Light: Emergence of Ordinary Matter from Quarks and Gluons
October 31Chueng JiNCS University Proton Puzzle
Novemebr 7Gabriel KotliarRutgers UniversityTowards a Predictive Theory of Strongly Correlated Electron Materials
November 14Karen KaszaColumbia UniversityUnderstanding and controlling the mechanical behavior of living tissues inside developing embryos
November 21K. L. KnappenbergerPenn State UniversityStructural Influences on the Optical Properties Atomically Thin Metals
November 28Thanksgiving Break--
December 5Javier Perez-MorenoSkidmore College-