Saturday Physics for Everyone

Add to Calendar 9/15/2018 10:15 am 9/15/2018 America/Chicago Saturday Physics for Everyone DESCRIPTION:

Soon after the Big Bang, the universe was too hot for normal matter to exist.  Instead, the universe was made up of an extremely hot liquid of quarks and gluons: the quark-gluon plasma (QGP). As the universe cooled, these quarks and gluons combined into protons and neutrons, which later formed atomic nuclei.  Those nuclei are at the center of the atoms that make up the matter around us today.  To learn about the QGP, we use particle accelerators such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN to collide pairs of nuclei at nearly the speed of light.  Each collision has enough energy to melt the protons and neutrons inside the nuclei and create a tiny droplet of the QGP.  I will discuss how we study the QGP in our lab and what we have learned.

A Look Inside the Hottest Matter in the Universe

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Professor Anne Sickles, Department of Physics, University of Illinois

141 Loomis Laboratory

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Title A Look Inside the Hottest Matter in the Universe
Speaker Professor Anne Sickles, Department of Physics, University of Illinois
Date: 9/15/2018
Time: 10:15 a.m.
Location:

141 Loomis Laboratory

Sponsor:

Department of Physics

Originating Calendar: Physics - Saturday Physics for Everyone
Abstract:

Soon after the Big Bang, the universe was too hot for normal matter to exist.  Instead, the universe was made up of an extremely hot liquid of quarks and gluons: the quark-gluon plasma (QGP). As the universe cooled, these quarks and gluons combined into protons and neutrons, which later formed atomic nuclei.  Those nuclei are at the center of the atoms that make up the matter around us today.  To learn about the QGP, we use particle accelerators such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN to collide pairs of nuclei at nearly the speed of light.  Each collision has enough energy to melt the protons and neutrons inside the nuclei and create a tiny droplet of the QGP.  I will discuss how we study the QGP in our lab and what we have learned.

A Look Inside the Hottest Matter in the Universe

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