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Physics Colloquium: Raju Venugopalan
October 24, 2022 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Title: The glue that binds us all: The Science of the Electron-Ion Collider
Abstract: The Electron-Ion Collider (EIC) under construction at Brookhaven National Laboratory will explore in detail the quantum world of quarks and gluons at distance scales less than a trillionth the width of a strand of hair. Though gluons are massless, and quarks nearly so, the emergent dynamics of these elementary objects in Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) describes the vast bulk of the mass of the visible universe. Despite significant developments in our understanding of QCD, many of the details of quark-gluon dynamics remain deeply mysterious. We will discuss some of the outstanding questions that remain and outline how finely resolved multi-dimensional images extracted from high energy electron-ion collisions at the EIC can lead to fundamental insight into the glue that binds us all.
Host: Vladimir Skokov