Nuclear Particle Astrophysics (NPA) Seminar: Thomas Schaefer, North Carolina State University, “From cold atoms to hot quarks and gluons”

Event time: 
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Wright Lab, 210 Conference Room (WL210) See map
272 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, CT 06520
Event description: 

A dimensionless measure of fluidity is the ratio of shear viscosity to entropy density. In this talk I will argue that fluidity is a sensitive probe of the strength of correlations in a fluid. I will also discuss evidence that the two most perfect fluids ever observed are also the coldest and the hottest fluid ever created in the laboratory.

The two fluids are cold atomic gases (~10^{(-6)} K) that can be probed in optical traps, and the quark gluon plasma (~10^{12} K) created in heavy ion collisions at RHIC and the LHC. Remarkably, both fluids come close to a bound on the shear viscosity that was first proposed based on calculations in string theory, involving non-equilibrium evolution of back holes in 5 (and more) dimensions.

Lunch will be served at 12 noon in WL/EAL-108.
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