EXPLORING QCD: DECONFINEMENT, EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS AND HOLOGRAPHY

20 August to 24 August 2007

Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, UK

Organisers: Nick Evans (Southampton), Simon Hands (Swansea) and Mike Teper (Oxford)

in association with the Newton Institute programme Strong Fields, Integrability and Strings (23 July to 21 December 2007)

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Theme of Workshop:

QCD is the accepted theory of the strong interaction, but fundamental questions remain unanswered, eg. the dynamics behind the confinement of color and generation of a mass gap; the behaviour of the spectrum as either temperature is raised, or the number of colors or supersymmetries is varied; the ground state of matter at high baryon density.

Interest in these questions is as topical now as at any time in the last 25 years, driven by the heavy-ion collision experimental programmes at RHIC and LHC; the advent of Teraflop-scale computer resources enabling systematic and quantitative approach to QCD beyond perturbation theory; and dramatic theoretical progress in non-perturbative gauge theory exploiting a conjectured duality between gauge theory and gravity, which promises to fulfil a longstanding dream of finding a theoretical description of the QCD string.

The workshop's aim is to initiate and sustain a dialogue between different communities of researchers, with the aim both of reviewing and communicating progress, and of suggesting new and fruitful directions for collaborative exploration.

Invited Speakers:

  • Ofer Aharony (Weizmann Institute)
  • Johanna Erdmenger (MPP Munich)
  • Philippe de Forcrand (ETH Zurich)
  • Clifford Johnson (Southern California) *
  • Frithjof Karsch (Brookhaven National Laboratory)
  • Mikko Laine (Bielefeld)
  • Aneesh Manohar (San Diego) *
  • Rob Myers (Perimeter Institute) *
  • Horatiu Nastase (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
  • Peter Petreczky (Brookhaven National Laboratory)
  • Alex Pomarol (UAB Barcelona)
  • Krishna Rajagopal (MIT)
  • Francesco Sannino (NBI Copenhagen and SDU Odense)
  • Thomas Schaefer (North Carolina)
  • Edward Shuryak (SUNY Stony Brook)
  • Andrei Starinets (Perimeter Institute)
  • Misha Stephanov (Illinois)
  • Guy de Teramond (Costa Rica)
  • Jac Verbaarschot (SUNY Stony Brook)
  • Laurence Yaffe (Washington).
* to be confirmed

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