Particle and Astro-Particle Physics Seminars

Thermalization in weakly coupled nonabelian plasmas

by Eero Aleksi Kurkela (CERN)

Friday, 31 January 2014 from to (Europe/Zurich)
at CERN ( 4-3-006 - TH Conference Room )
Nonabelian plasmas far from equilibrium are a generic feature of early
universe cosmology and appear in the early stages of heavy ion collisions. 
In my talk, I will discuss how such systems relax towards equilibrium, and
the physical processes that drive the thermalization in the weak coupling limit.
In particular, I will discuss the role of screening, collinear splitting and plasma instabilities out of equilibrium.