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Stefan Bathe

Professor

Physics, Baruch College
Understanding Energy Loss of Hard Partons in the Quark-Gluon Plasma

What was the universe like moments after the Big Bang? Professor Bathe is exploring this fundamental question through his three-year, $398K Department of Energy award, Understanding Energy Loss of Hard Partons in the Quark-Gluon Plasma. By colliding heavy nuclei at the highest speed possible using Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), Bathe is able to recreate the hot and dense conditions that produced the universe and analyze the resultant matter, known as Quark-Gluon Plasma (QGP). “As the nuclei cross each other they leave some fraction of their energy behind. The rest of the energy continues moving, but the energy that stays in the center is what makes the QGP.” Studying QGP will allow physicists to understand the environment created immediately after the Big Bang, which may help us understand the structure of today’s universe.

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