The phase diagram of QCD

  title={The phase diagram of QCD},
  author={Simon J. Hands},
  journal={Contemporary Physics},
  pages={209 - 225}
  • S. Hands
  • Published 8 May 2001
  • Physics
  • Contemporary Physics
Simple thermodynamic reasoning is used to argue that at temperatures of the order of a trillion kelvin, QCD, the theory which describes strongly interacting particles such as protons and neutrons under normal conditions, undergoes a phase transition to a plasma of more elementary constituents called quarks and gluons. A review is presented of what is known about the plasma phase both from theoretical calculations and from experiments involving the collisions of large atomic nuclei moving at… 
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