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Workshop / Seminar

Physics & Astronomy Colloquium – Dr. Jorge Leite Noronha


About the event

The Department of Physics and Astronomy invites you to a colloquium featuring Dr. Jorge Leite Noronha, PUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Noronha will present his talk, “Relativistic Fluid Dynamics: From Particle Colliders to Neutron Star Mergers”, Thursday, October 22 at 4:10 pm via Zoom.

Meet the speaker at 3:10 pm – join us in welcoming the speaker and for an informal chat! 
Meeting ID: 910 6707 5085 ∙ Passcode: PhysAstro

ABSTRACT: Heavy-ion collision experiments have provided overwhelming evidence that quarks and gluons, the elementary particles within protons and neutrons, can flow as a nearly frictionless, strongly interacting relativistic liquid over distance scales not much larger than the size of a proton. On the other hand, with the dawn of the multi-messenger astronomy era marked by the detection of a binary neutron star merger, it became imperative to understand how extremely dense fluids behave under very strong gravitational fields. Therefore, three of the most cutting-edge experimental apparatus in modern science, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), and the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) are now taking data whose description requires a major overhaul of our current understanding of fluid dynamics. In this colloquium I will discuss the new developments that have contributed to redefine the onset of relativistic fluid dynamics and its extension towards the far-from-equilibrium regime. New results involving viscous fluids and their coupling to general relativity will also be presented. These results pave the way for the inclusion of dissipative effects in neutron star merger simulations.