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Department of Physics Colloquium

Monday, November 11, 2019 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Rockefeller Hall, Schwartz Auditorium
Central Campus

General Physics Colloquium, Professor Abhay Deshpande, Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Lab.

Refreshments from 3:30-3:50 pm

Title:  Understanding the glue that binds us all:  The Science of the future Electron Ion Collider

Host:  Georg Hoffstaetter

Abstract:  Where do nucleons get their mass and spin from? Do the gluons condensate at highest energies in nuclei to form a novel universal form of gluonic matter predicted by the current state of the art calculations in QCD? Why haven’t we seen such form of matter yet? Interactions of gluons inside the nucleons and the nuclei are known to be responsible for these however, despite 50+ years of experimental and theoretical investigations in QCD, these fundamental and profound questions in the physics of the visible Universe, remain largely unanswered. In 2015 the US Nuclear Science Advisory Committee (NSAC) enthusiastically recommended construction of a future high-energy high-luminosity polarized electron-proton and electron-nucleus collider: the Electron Ion Collider (EIC) to address them. The science case for the EIC, was recently evaluated by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) and was supported enthusiastically in its Consensus Report published in July 2018. Not only did they find the science of the EIC compelling, fundamental and timely, but they also noted that realizing the EIC would also require substantial advances in accelerator science, aspects of which are currently being carried out at Cornell University. I will summarize the science for the EIC with a few selected topics, and present the status of the Collider project and prospects of its realization, with an eye on the role young scientists (undergraduate, graduate students and post docs) could play in its realization.


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