Niels Bohr Lecture by Jamie Nagle

Jamie Nagle is a Professor of Physics at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he is researching in the field of experimental high-energy heavy ion physics.  

Title: Mysteries of Deconfined Quark-Gluon Matter


Despite the realization over 40 years ago that protons and neutrons are not fundamental particles and instead composed of quarks and gluons, a concrete understanding of the properties of quark-gluon matter have remained elusive. Quarks and gluons freed from confinement in protons and neutrons (or other hadrons) is predicted to be present under extreme conditions in the core of neutron stars and formerly in the earliest stages of our universe. Over the last ten years, studies of such high temperature matter have been carried out at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider and just this last year at even higher temperatures at the Large Hadron Collider.

The talk will explore new experimental data combined with theoretical modelling that is revealing the truly unique properties of this quark-gluon matter.