Niels Bohr Institute Medal of Honour 2017 – Niels Bohr Institute - University of Copenhagen

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Niels Bohr Institute Medal of Honour 2017

Jürgen Schukraft, CERN, will give a talk entitled:

Highlights from 30 years of ultra-relativistic heavy ion physics

Abstract: In the autumn of 1986, the new field of ultra-relativistic heavy ion physics was born with first experiments starting simultaneously at the CERN SPS and Brookhaven AGS accelerators, to study strongly interacting matter under extreme conditions of high temperature and/or high matter density using collisions of heavy nuclei. QCD predicts that at sufficiently high energy density there will be a transition from ordinary hadronic matter to a plasma of deconfined quarks and gluons - a transition which took place in the early universe a few microseconds after the Big Bang and which might still play a role today in compact stellar objects. Since then, experiments evolved from light ion collisions at low energy over the first dedicated heavy ion accelerator, RHIC,  to the CERN LHC, which in 2010 opened a new era in ultra-relativistic heavy ion physics with Pb-Pb collisions at energies exceeding the original ones by up to three orders of magnitude. This talk summarizes highlights and insights gained from those 3 decades of investigating hot and dense matter, the Quark Gluon Plasma.

15.15–16.15 Presentation of the Medal and talk by Jürgen Schukraft
16.15–17.15 Reception near aud. 1, outside the mosaic, opposite the canteen in Vandrehallen   at the HCØ Building