Symposium on Jet and Electromagnetic Tomography of Dense Matter

 

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June 18, 2010

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Hard and electromagnetic (EM) probes are powerful tools in the study of properties of dense matter in high-energy heavy-ion collisions. Nearly two decades of intense theoretical research have established a broad theoretical basis on these probes for the experimental discovery of a novel phase of nuclear matter, a strongly coupled quark-gluon plasma (sQGP), at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). The challenge for the next phase of research both at RHIC and LHC is to achieve a quantitative characterization of the properties of the sQGP.

 

The Topical Collaboration on Jet and Electromagnetic Tomography of Extreme Phases of Matter in Heavy-ion Collisions (JET Collaboration) is established, and funded by US Department of Energy, to extend the theoretical framework for jet-medium interaction and reduce uncertainties intrinsic to the current theoretical studies, develop Monte Carlo algorithms for jet propagation with a realistic space-time evolution of the bulk medium and carry out systematic phenomenological studies of experimental data. The JET Collaboration will also coordinate with broader joint theory-experiment efforts to develop strategies and computational tools for the phenomenological interpretation of experimental data on hard and EM signals. These activities are all necessary for the quantitative characterization of the properties of the quark-gluon plasma created in relativistic heavy-ion collisions at RHIC and LHC.

 

To kick off the start of the JET Collaboration, a Symposium on Jet and Electromagnetic Tomography of Dense Matter will be held on June 18, 2010 at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The symposium will provide an overview of the past achievements and future challenges in the JET physics. Discussions will focus on strategies and collaborative effects that are needed to use JET for future quantitative studies of the properties of the sQGP in heavy-ion collisions at RHIC and LHC.

 

The symposium will be followed by the first JET Collaboration meeting. The first JET Summer School for graduate students and post-docs will also be held during the week prior to the symposium.