Heavy ions and string theory

Oliver Dewolfe, Steven S. Gubser, Christopher Rosen, Derek Teaney

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We review a selection of recent developments in the application of ideas of string theory to heavy ion physics. Our topics divide naturally into equilibrium and non-equilibrium phenomena. On the non-equilibrium side, we discuss generalizations of Bjorken flow, numerical simulations of black hole formation in asymptotically anti-de Sitter geometries, equilibration in the dual field theory, and hard probes. On the equilibrium side, we summarize improved holographic QCD, extraction of transport coefficients, inclusion of chemical potentials, and approaches to the phase diagram. We close with some possible directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86-132
Number of pages47
JournalProgress in Particle and Nuclear Physics
StatePublished - Mar 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


  • Quark-gluon plasma
  • String theory


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