Foundations of Physics

, Volume 43, Issue 1, pp 140–155 | Cite as

The Gauge-String Duality and Heavy Ion Collisions

  • Steven S. GubserEmail author


I review at a non-technical level the use of the gauge-string duality to study aspects of heavy ion collisions, with special emphasis on the trailing string calculation of heavy quark energy loss. I include some brief speculations on how variants of the trailing string construction could provide a toy model of black hole formation and evaporation. This essay is an invited contribution to “Forty Years of String Theory” and is aimed at philosophers and historians of science as well as physicists.


Gauge-string duality Heavy ion collisions String theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Joseph Henry LaboratoriesPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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