Speaker: Andrea Palermo

Title of Talk: What I talk about when I talk about spin in relativistic heavy-ion collisions

Abstract: This talk will provide a smattering of the physics of spin and polarization in relativistic fluids, with applications to the Quark-Gluon Plasma (QGP) created in heavy ion collisions. The QGP is a strongly interacting relativistic fluid reminiscent of the state of the universe microseconds after the Big Bang. When produced experimentally in peripheral nuclear collisions, the angular momentum of the QGP is expected to polarize particles when it eventually breaks down into hadrons. I will discuss how to deal with this phenomenon focusing on the $\Lambda$ polarization and the vector meson spin alignment, the two main observables to date. After introducing these quantities, I will qualitatively show how to address their calculation using a quantum-relativistic framework based on the relativistic density operator.

Venue (HYBRID-EVENT): Goldene Box, Physikalisches Institut, INF 226, 69120 Heidelberg AND all talks will also be streamed via the permanent Zoom-link:

Meeting ID: 946 0240 1603
Passcode: 386993

13:00-13:30 talk+questions
13:30-13.45 discussion and questions
13.45 pizza



The aim of the YRC Lunch Seminar is to promote individual research done by young researchers within Isoquant and create a regular platform to socialize and share ideas.