Dam Thanh Son, University of Washington
Viscosity, quark gluon plasma, and string theory
Argonne Physics Division Colloquium - 18 Nov 2011
11:00 AM, Building 203 auditorium

Viscosity is a very old concept which was introduced to physics by Navier in the 19th century. However, in strongly coupled systems viscosity is difficult to compute from first principles. In this talk I will describe some recent surprising developments in string theory which allow one to compute the viscosity for a class of strongly interacting fluids not too dissimilar to the quark gluon plasma. I will describe efforts to measure the viscosity and other physical properties of the quark gluon plasma created in relativistic heavy ion collisions

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