Ultrarelativistic Heavy-Ion Collisions


  • Ramona Vogt, University of California at Davis, Physics Department, U.S.A. and Nuclear Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, U.S.A.

This book is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in high energy heavy-ion physics. It is relevant for students who will work on topics being explored at RHIC and the LHC. In the first part, the basic principles of these studies are covered including kinematics, cross sections (including the quark model and parton distribution functions), the geometry of nuclear collisions, thermodynamics, hydrodynamics and relevant aspects of lattice gauge theory at finite temperature. The second part covers some more specific probes of heavy-ion collisions at these energies: high mass thermal dileptons, quarkonium and hadronization. The second part also serves as extended examples of concepts learned in the previous part. Both parts contain examples in the text as well as exercises at the end of each chapter.
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This book is suitable for undergraduate, graduate students and newcomers to the field.


Book information

  • Published: June 2007
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-52196-5

Table of Contents

PrefaceContentsI. Basics1. Kinematics and invariants2. Cross sections3. Geometry4. Thermodynamics5. Hydrodynamics6. Lattice gauge theoryII. Probes7. Thermal dileptons8. Quarkonium9. HadronizationBibliographyIndex