Quark-Gluon Plasma: Theoretical Foundations - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444511102, 9780080575056

Quark-Gluon Plasma: Theoretical Foundations

1st Edition

An Annotated Reprint Collection

Authors: J. Kapusta B. Müller J. Rafelski
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444511102
eBook ISBN: 9780080575056
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 25th November 2003
Page Count: 836

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The purpose of this volume is to trace the development of the theoretical understanding of quark-gluon plasma, both in terms of the equation of state and thermal correlation functions and in terms of its manifestation in high energy nuclear collisions. Who among us has not wondered how tall a mountain is on a neutron star, what happens when matter is heated and compressed to higher and higher densities, what happens when an object falls into a black hole, or what happened eons ago in the early universe? The study of quark-gluon plasma is related in one way or another to these and other thought provoking questions. Oftentimes the most eloquent exposition is given in the original papers. To this end a selection is made of what are the most important pioneering papers in this field. The early 1950s was an era when high energy multiparticle production in cosmic ray interactions attracted the attention of some of the brightest minds in physics, and so it should be no surprise that the first reprinted papers deal with the introduction of statistical models of particle production. The quark model arose in the 1960s, while QCD as such was recognized as the theory of the strong interactions in the 1970's. The behavior of matter at high temperatures and supranuclear densities became of wide interest in the nuclear and particle physics communities starting in the 1970s, which is when the concept of quark-gluon plasma became established. The history of the field has been traced up to the early 1990s. There are three reasons for stopping at that point in time. First, most of the key theoretical concepts and formalisms arose before 1993, although many of them continue to be developed today and hopefully w

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  1. Phase Space Model of Particle Production
    High energy nuclear events, E. Fermi, Prog. Theor. Phys. (1950)
    On multiparticle production in a single interaction process, I. Pomeranchuk, Proceedings of USSR Academy of Sciences (1951)
    Statistical thermodynamics of strong interactions at high energies, R. Hagedorn, Suppl. Nuovo Cimento (1965)
    On the hadronic mass spectrum, R. Hagedorn, Nuovo Cimento (1967)
    Strange anti-baryons from quark-gluon plasma, J. Rafelski, Phys. Lett. B (1991)

  2. Perturbative QCD Plasma
    Superdense matter: neutrons or asymptotically free quarks?, J.C. Collins and M.J. Perry, Phys. Rev. Lett. (1975)
    Fermions and gauge vector mesons at finite temperature and density. III. The ground-state energy of a relativistic quark gas, B.A. Freedman and L.D. McLerran, Phys. Rev. D (1977)
    Theory of hadron plasma, É.V. Shuryak, Zh. Eksp. Teor. Fiz. (1978) [Sov. Phys. JETP (1978)]
    Quantum chromodynamics at high temperature, J.I. Kapusta, Nucl. Phys. B (1979)
    Infrared problem in the thermodynamics of the Yang-Mills gas, A.D. Linde, Phys. Lett. B (1980)
    Covariant calculations at finite temperature: the relativistic plasma, H.A. Weldon, Phys. Rev. D (1982)
    Spectrum of elementary Fermi excitations in quark-gluon plasma, V.V. Klimov, Yad. Fiz. (1981) [Sov. J. Nucl. Phys. (1981)]
    Soft amplitudes in hot gauge theories: a general analysis, E. Braaten and R.D. Pisarski, Nucl. Phys. B (1990)

  3. Lattice Gauge Theory
    Lattice models of quark confinement at high temperature, L. Susskind, Phys. Rev. D (1979)
    Quark liberation at high temperature: a Monte Carlo study of SU(2) gauge theory, L.D. McLerran and B. Svetitsky, Phys. Rev. D (1981)


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About the Author

J. Kapusta

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Minnesota, School of Physics and Astronomy, Minneapolis, MN, USA

B. Müller

Affiliations and Expertise

Duke University, Department of Physics, Durham, NC, USA

J. Rafelski

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Arizona, Department of Physics, Tucson, AZ, USA