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Heavy Ion Collisions : exploring nuclear matter under extreme conditions


Serena degli Avancini
+39 0461 314723
Monday, 7 April, 2014 - 10:00 to Friday, 16 May, 2014 - 17:00
ECT* Rustico 2nd floor conference room

The 2014 ECT* Doctoral Training Program will focus on the physics of heavy ion collisions, exploring nuclear matter under extreme conditions.

At large enough temperature and/or baryon density, nuclear matter is expected to undergo a transition that produces a new phase called the "Quark Gluon Plasma". Heavy Ion Collisions at ultra-relativistic energies provide a way to explore this new form of matter in the laboratory, and experimental heavy-ion programs are currently being pursued at RHIC and at the LHC.

On the theory front, heavy-ion collisions pose interesting new challenges, because they involve strong interactions in a many-particle situation that is not usually encountered in particle physics. The purpose of this -mostly theoretical- school is to provide a up-to-date overview of some of the most important tools and techniques that are used in the study of heavy ion collisions.

Students will have ample opportunity to interact with the lecturers outside the formal lecture period and in addition ECT* staff will be on hand to assist in tutorials and problem sessions. Students will have access to the computing facilities of ECT* and will be given the time and opportunity to continue working on their own Ph.D. project. The program will extend over six weeks in the spring of 2014. It is aimed at students who are in the process of obtaining a Ph.D. in an area related to the theme of the DTP. Enquiries can be addressed to: ECT* staff Serena degli Avancini ( and for scientific matters to Francois Gelis ( ).

How to apply DTP

Registration period: 
01 Dec 2013 to 31 Jan 2014


Dionysios Triantafyllopoulos ECT*