Extreme States of Matter in Strong Interaction Physics

An Introduction

  • Helmut Satz

Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 841)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
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    Pages 1-12
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    Pages 13-27
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    Pages 29-43
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    Pages 45-63
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    Pages 65-88
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    Pages 89-110
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    Pages 137-156
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  15. Back Matter
    Pages 237-239

About this book


The thermodynamics of strongly interacting matter has become a profound and challenging area of modern physics, both in theory and in experiment. Statistical quantum chromodynamics, through analytical as well as numerical studies, provides the main theoretical tool, while in experiment, high-energy nuclear collisions are the key for extensive laboratory investigations. The field therefore straddles statistical, particle and nuclear physics, both conceptually and in the methods of investigation used.

 This course-tested primer addresses above all the many young scientists starting their scientific research in this field, providing them with a general, self-contained introduction that emphasizes in particular the basic concepts and ideas, with the aim of explaining why we do what we do.

 To achieve this goal, the present text concentrates mainly on equilibrium thermodynamics: first, the fundamental ideas of strong interaction thermodynamics are introduced and then the main concepts and methods used in the study of the physics of complex systems are summarized. Subsequently, simplified phenomenological pictures, leading to critical behavior in hadronic matter and to hadron-quark phase transitions are introduced, followed by elements of finite-temperature lattice QCD leading to the important results obtained in computer simulation studies of the lattice approach. Next, the relation of the resulting critical behavior to symmetry breaking/restoration in QCD is clarified before the text turns to the study of the QCD phase diagram. The presentation of bulk equilibrium thermodynamics is completed by studying the properties of the quark-gluon plasma as new state of strongly interacting matter.The final chapters of the book are devoted to more specific topics which arise when nuclear collisions are considered as a tool for the experimental study of QCD thermodynamics.


Extreme nuclear and quark matter Extreme nuclear and quark matter Extreme nuclear and quark matter Hadron-quark phase transition Heavy ion collisions QCD at Finite Temperature QCD at Finite Temperature Quark-Gluon Plasma Quark-Gluon Plasma Statistical Quantum Field Theory Thermodynamics of strongly interacting matter

Authors and affiliations

  • Helmut Satz
    • 1
  1. 1.Fakultät für PhysikUniversität BielefeldBielefeldGermany

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