May 31, 2010 to July 9, 2010
Europe/Stockholm timezone

String Theory approach to nonequilibrium dynamics of strongly coupled systems

Jun 11, 2010, 1:15 PM


Alex Buchel (Perimeter Institute)


Effective field theory approach to non-equilibrium dynamics is an old concept. I explain how a relation between strongly coupled gauge theories and gravity arises in String Theory and allows to construct this non-equilibrium effective field theory from first principles. I discuss the computation of the shear and bulk viscosities in a large class of strongly interacting plasmas and comment on the ongoing experimental efforts to measure this quantity at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider

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