Student Colloquium: Kolja Kauder
Title: “Observing Quarks and Gluons in the Wild”
Abstract: At the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider on Long Island and at the LHC in Switzerland, we routinely create a unique substance: Sometimes called “quark soup”, “Big Bang medium”, “hottest matter in the universe”, or “perfect liquid”, the plasma formed of strongly interacting quarks and gluons is the closest we can come to recreate a tiny fraction of the universe as it was just after the Big Bang, when they were free of the confinement to hadrons. In my talk, I want to showcase my research using jets to probe this medium. But the focus of the talk will be to point out all the forks in the road where other research fields lie. In the end, I hope to convince YOU, young grad student, of what an exciting research option the “other” High Energy Physics presents at UIC.