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Heavy ions and string theory

Author(s): DeWolfe, Oliver; Gubser, Steven S; Rosen, Christopher; Teaney, Derek

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Abstract: We review a selection of recent developments in the application of ideas of string theory to heavy ion physics. Our topics divide naturally into equilibrium and non-equilibrium phenomena. On the non-equilibrium side, we discuss generalizations of Bjorken flow, numerical simulations of black hole formation in asymptotically anti-de Sitter geometries, equilibration in the dual field theory, and hard probes. On the equilibrium side, we summarize improved holographic QCD, extraction of transport coefficients, inclusion of chemical potentials, and approaches to the phase diagram. We close with some possible directions for future research.
Publication Date: Mar-2014
Electronic Publication Date: 25-Nov-2013
Citation: DeWolfe, Oliver, Gubser, Steven S, Rosen, Christopher, Teaney, Derek. (2014). Heavy ions and string theory. Progress in Particle and Nuclear Physics, 75 (86 - 132. doi:10.1016/j.ppnp.2013.11.001
DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ppnp.2013.11.001
ISSN: 0146-6410
Pages: 86 - 132
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Progress in Particle and Nuclear Physics
Version: Author's manuscript

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