Physics and Astronomy Colloquium - Dr. Abhijit Majumdar, Wayne State University

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Date: November 4, 2020
Time: 3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: on Zoom
Category: Lecture

Title: A Framework for Precision Exploration of the Quark Gluon Plasma 

Abstract: Over the last several years there has been a sea change in the study of the Quark-Gluon-Plasma (QGP) produced in high energy heavy-ion collisions. There is now a considerable amount of high statistics data in both the high and low momentum sector. Theoretical descriptions have attained a much higher level of sophistication. This has necessitated the incorporation of Bayesian inferencing methods in the comparison between theory and data. In this presentation, I will focus on the high momentum sector and outline how the theory has evolved over the last several years, into a multi-stage, multi-faceted formalism that describes the modification of QCD jets in the QGP. Particular focus will be placed on the work of the JETSCAPE Collaboration and the need for extensive event generator frameworks. I will highlight several upcoming studies and demonstrate how these provide a much more detailed picture of the QGP.


BSc Physics Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur 1995

MSc Physics Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur 1997

PhD in Theoretical Nuclear Physics, McGill University, 2002

Post Doc 1: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. 2002 - 2005

Post Doc 2: Duke University, 2005 - 2008 

Visiting Assistant Prof: Ohio State University 2008 - 2011

Associate Professor: Wayne State University 2011-Present, Tenured 2015.

Research: Study of the Quark Gluon Plasma in Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collisions, with a focus on jets and jet quenching. Recent work has been more computational and interdisciplinary (with statistics and computer science as part of the JETSCAPE Collaboration). Have been involved with the design of extensive computer simulations of heavy-ion collisions. Carried out theoretical calculations of jet quenching both using analytic techniques as well as static simulations of the QGP using Lattice QCD. 


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