The Quark-gluon plasma (QGP)

The basic idea about the QGP is that at sufficiently high energy or density of hadronic matter, the quarks and gluons become deconfined. Statistical mechanics applied to QCD gives the theoretical support and basic indications to investigate such new state of matter and the phase change that is predicted to take place. I try to … Continue reading The Quark-gluon plasma (QGP)

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Symmetries of the QCD

An important feature of the QCD is the conspicuous amount of symmetries of its lagrangian. First and foremost, its lagrangian is invariant under local gauge transformations, i.e. one can redefine the quark fields indipendently at every point in the space-time, without changing the physical content of the theory. This determines a number of implications in … Continue reading Symmetries of the QCD

Colour confinement

The term confinement indicates that coloured free particles do not exist in Nature. Besides valence quarks, a hadron contains a population of more quarks and gluons. From the (b) side of the Figure in the previous post (*) it is possible to infer that the strong interaction between two quarks enhances with the increasing of their … Continue reading Colour confinement

Couplings and asymptotic freedom

Each of the four fundamental interactions can be characterized by a dimensionless parameter expressed in terms of universal constants, the coupling constant. In the lagrangian of strong interactions, the coupling constant is parameterized by the gauge coupling parameter,, giving in natural units . However, in a general field theory, the effective coupling constant is not a constant, … Continue reading Couplings and asymptotic freedom

Ultrarelativistic heavy-ion collision experiments

Why to make particles collide? Okay, if you're on this website you probably do not need to know this and you already have an idea of the physics studied at the and by other particles accelerator experiments. Strongly interacting particles at very high temperatures and energy densities compose a new state of matter called quark-gluon … Continue reading Ultrarelativistic heavy-ion collision experiments

Strong Interactions and quarks

Quantum chromodynamics (QCD) is the gauge theory describing strong interactions between quarks. It constitutes a fundamental theory within the Standard Model and it is responsible for the portion. Weak and electromagnetic interactions are considered unified in the single symmetry group where , the weak hypercharge, is the generator of the group that is given by … Continue reading Strong Interactions and quarks