The Past, Present, and Future of Relativistic Heavy Ion Collisions

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Strong Hall B001, Knoxville, TN

On the occasion of Miklos Gyulassy’s 70th birthday and in celebration of his scientific endeavors, we would like to hold a symposium at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on March 18, 2019. It has been more than a decade since the experimental discoveries at RHIC of the Quark Gluon Plasma phase of the QCD matter based on the energy, nuclear size, and centrality dependence of observables such as the bulk entropy production, collective flow systematics, and jet quenching. High quality experimental data from RHIC and LHC have presented new challenges to theorists, and the uniqueness of the current theoretical paradigm remains a pressing open problem. This symposium will reflect on the past, discuss the present, and look to the future of heavy ion physics.

Miklos Gyulassy:
Born in Szolnok, Hungary, in 1949, Miklos immigrated to US with his mother in 1956 and became a naturalized US citizen in 1964 in the San Francisco bay area. He went to UC Berkeley as an undergraduate and obtained his B.A. in physics in June 1970 with “Great Distinction in General Scholarship”. Miklos continued his graduate study in UC Berkeley with W. J. Swiatecki and E. Wichmann as his advisors and obtained his Ph. D. in physics in 1974.

Miklos took his first postdoctoral position at University of Frankfurt in 1974 for two years and became a postdoctoral fellow in Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in 1976. He was appointed as a Divisional Fellow in the Nuclear Science Division of Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in 1978 and became a Senior Staff Scientist there in 1981. In 1993 he moved to Columbia University as a full professor in physics, and since the end of 2015 he is a retired Professor Emeritus of Physics at Columbia University.

Miklos won the Alexander von Humboldt Senior US Scientist Award in 1986, E. O. Lawrence Memorial Award in 1987 and Tom W. Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics in 2015. He was elected to the Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1990 and a Foreign Member of the Hungarian Academy of Science in 1998. He is also the recipient of Hungarian Government Order of Merit Officer's Cross in 2015.

  • Austin Schmier
  • Charles Hughes
  • Christine Nattrass
  • Debojit Sarkar
  • Deepa Thomas
  • Dennis Perepelitsa
  • Edward Shuryak
  • Gabor Papp
  • Gergely Gabor Barnafoldi
  • Guang-You Qin
  • Ivan Vitev
  • Jean-Francois Paquet
  • Jiechen Xu
  • Jinfeng Liao
  • John William Harris
  • Justin Thomas Blair
  • Kaya Tatar
  • Li Yi
  • Magdalena Djordjevic
  • Mateusz Ploskon
  • Michael Tannenbaum
  • Miklos Gyulassy
  • Patrick Steffanic
  • Peter Martin Jacobs
  • Raghav Kunnawalkam Elayavalli
  • Ran Bi
  • Sergei Voloshin
  • Shuzhe SHI
  • Soren Sorensen
  • Tianyu Dai
  • Weiyao Ke
  • Wenkai Fan
  • William Edward Witt
  • Xin-Nian Wang
  • Yen-Jie Lee
  • Zi-Wei Lin
    • 09:00 12:30
      ALICE-USA: "Big Picture" - Open Session - Symposium guests and speakers are welcome to attend but it is not obligatory
      • 09:00
        Flow and correlations 30m
        Speaker: Anthony Robert Timmins (University of Houston (US))
      • 09:30
        Charge dependent v1, global polarization, and CME 30m
        Speaker: Sergei Voloshin (Wayne State University)
      • 10:00
        Features of the crossover region in the QCD phase diagram 30m
        Speaker: Rene Bellwied (University of Houston (US))
      • 10:30
        Lunch 30m
      • 11:00
        Lattice QCD: overview and perspective 40m
        Speaker: Claudia Ratti (University of Houston)
      • 11:50
        Jet quenching - What's The Future? 30m
        Speaker: Peter Martin Jacobs (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (US))
    • 12:30 14:00
      Lunch 1h 30m
    • 14:00 18:00
      Conveners: Christine Nattrass (University of Tennessee (US)), Prof. Jacquelyn Noronha-Hostler (Rutgers University)
      • 14:00
        30 years of jet quenching 30m
        Speaker: Xin-Nian Wang (Central China Normal University (China)) / Lawrence Berkeley Na)
      • 14:30
        Toward an effective theory of quarkonium production nuclear matter 30m
        Speaker: Dr Ivan Vitev
      • 15:00
        Past, present and future of high pt observables 30m
        Speaker: Magdalena Djordjevic (Institute of Physics Belgrade)
      • 15:30
        Stories/words about Miklos 30m
      • 16:00
        Coffee 30m
      • 16:30
        Miklos++ version 70th 30m
        Speakers: Gergely Barnafoldi (Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HU)), Gergely Barnafoldi (Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HU)), Dr Gergely Gabor Barnafoldi (Wigner RCP Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HU))
      • 17:00
        The geometry and physics of jet energy loss 30m
        Speakers: JINFENG LIAO (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), JINFENG LIAO, Jinfeng Liao (Indiana University)
      • 17:30
        Fulfilling Miklos’s Dream: Quark-Gluon Plasma Everywhere 30m
        Speaker: William Zajc (Columbia University)
    • 19:00 22:00
      Dinner at Copper Cellar

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