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FYS9530 Subatomic Physics: Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collision Theory is devoted to the theory of high-energy collisions between nuclei and phase transitions in nuclear matter. The curriculum is specially adopted for the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, because three LHC experiments, ALICE, ATLAS and CMS, will study both high-energy particle physics and relativistic heavy-ion physics. The course consists of a basic part and detailed subjects on request.

The basic units are:

  • Phenomenology of relativistic heavy-ion collisions
  • Quantum Chromodynamics, phase diagram and the equation of state of nuclear matter under extreme conditions
  • Model descriptions of relativistic nucleon-nucleon and heavy-ion collisions: Hydrodynamics, Glauber model, Dual Parton Model and other selected models, and model predictions to be tested at the Large Hadron Collider.

Two other units should be chosen among the following topics:

Signatures of new phenomena in relativistic heavy-ion collisions:

  • Jet production and jet quenching
  • Anisotropic flow
  • Photon and di-lepton production
  • Heavy quarkonia production
  • Femtoscopy and two-particle correlations
  • Strangeness and the thermal statistical model
  • Color Glass Condensate and glasma
  • Chiral symmetry restoration and masses of resonances
  • Neutron stars and exotic phases at extreme baryon densities

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After the course students should have knowledge about:

  • Big Bang in early universe and mini Big Bang at LHC at CERN
  • New states of matter produced in high-energy nucleus-nucleus collisions, like Quark Gluon Plasma and color glass condensate
  • Phase transitions in dense and hot nuclear matter and their signatures
  • The basics of Quantum Chromodynamics
  • Different models of relativistic hadron-hadron and heavy-ion collisions
  • Predictions of these models for LHC at CERN

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Obligatoriske forkunnskaper


Anbefalte forkunnskaper

FYS3110 – Kvantemekanikk and FYS3510 – Subatomær fysikk med astrofysiske anvendelser (nedlagt)

Overlappende emner

10 credits with FYS4530 – Subatomær mange-partikkelteori II


The course extends over a full semester with 3 hours of lectures and 2 hours of problem solving per week. There will also be a project.


Written exam after each completed unit. One project report. Final oral exam.


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