WWU particle physicists participate in Collaborative Research Center ISOQUANT

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The German Research Foundation DFG will fund the participation of Münster's particle physicists Prof. Dr. Anton Andronic, Prof. Dr. Michael Klasen and PD Dr. Karol Kovarik in the Heidelberg CRC "Isolated quantum systems and universality in extreme conditions" for four years with 300.000 Euro. Extreme conditions exist in many physical systems, in particular in heavy-ion collisions at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, where temperatures similar to those in the early Universe are observed.


Starting July 1, 2020 the scientists from the Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Institute for Nuclear Physics plan to study phase transitions in the strong interaction using heavy quarks. "We are particularly interested in the initial transition of cold nuclear matter to the hot quark-gluon plasma and the final freeze-out of quarks and gluons into hadrons. Bound states with charm and bottom quarks can provide us with important new information," explains Prof.
Dr. Michael Klasen, one of the principal investigators. "The LHC has already generated a large amount of precise data, which we now plan to include in global theoretical analyses," adds Pit Duwentäster, who will write his PhD thesis on this topic.