Dissertation Defense: Tong Liu, Yale University, "Inclusive Hadron Yield Analysis in Small and Mid-sized Collision Systems at sqrt(s_NN)=200 GeV at STAR"

At extremely high temperature and energy density, the quarks and gluons form a novel state of matter called the Quark-Gluon Plasma (QGP). The QGP has been widely studied via relativistic heavy ion collisions in large collision systems like Au+Au and Pb+Pb. However, whether the QGP exists in small systems like p+Au, and the dependence of QGP production on the collision system size are still open questions. One way to study the QGP properties is by using proxies of high energy partons, which are created in the initial stages of the collisions, and fragment into hadrons in the final state.

Special Physics Club: Gail Dodge, Old Dominion University, "2023 Long Range Plan for Nuclear Science"

This Special Physics Club will feature a webinar presentation of the 2023 Long Range Plan for Nuclear Science by Professor Gail Dodge, Chair of the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee (NSAC). The presentation will be followed by a Q&A with Prof. Dodge, in addition to a panel discussion by Yale Physics faculty involved in nuclear physics research. The 2023 Long Range Plan for Nuclear Science outlines the scientific priorities and opportunities for nuclear science in the US for the next decade.

Host: Helen Caines

NPA Seminar: Yacine Mehtar Tani, Brookhaven National Laboratory, “Exploring the proton structure: from partons to strong gauge fields”

At short distances, the proton consists of weakly interacting point-like quarks and gluons, aka partons. At high energy this picture of the proton is expected to break down before confining forces take over when soft enough gluons, that are abundantly present inside the proton, interact in a non-linear fashion. This regime of Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) is known as the saturation regime and is best described by strong classical gauge fields.

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