Title: Exploring the properties of the quark gluon plasma with heavy flavor probes
Abstract: A new phase of matter, the Quark-Gluon Plasma (QGP), believed to have existed in the early universe, has been explored at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Lab and Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. In this phase of nuclear matter, protons and neutrons no longer exist. Instead, their constituents, quarks and gluons, exist as free entities in a large volume under extremely high (~10^12 K) temperatures. I will discuss the recent results from the RHIC and LHC experiments, in particular how we use heavy flavor (charm and bottom quark) probes to explore the properties of the QGP and future prospects of such experimental studies.
Colloq flyer 10-14 Xie