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The AdS/CFT correspondece and the quark-gluon plasma

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Viktor Jahnke
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Doctoral Thesis
Press: São Paulo.
Institution: Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Instituto de Física (IF/SBI)
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Examining board members:
Diego Trancanelli; José Daniel Edelstein Glaubach; Matthew William Luzum; Horatiu Stefan Nastase; Victor de Oliveira Rivelles
Advisor: Diego Trancanelli

The aim of this work is to study applications of the AdS/CFT correspondence to strongly coupled plasmas similar to the quark-gluon plasma (QGP) produced in heavy ion collisions at RHIC and LHC. The project is articulated in two parts. Initially, we will study how some observables, such as photon and dilepton production rates, are affected by spatial anisotropies present in the plasma. This is important, since the QGP produced in real world experiments generically starts in highly anisotropic configurations, which later evolve towards isotropy. To model anisotropy at strong coupling we will make use of an anisotropic black hole solution of type IIB supergravity which has been recently obtained in arXiv:1105.3472/ hep-th. As a second direction of research and again focusing on applications of the AdS/CFT correspondence to the QGP, we will investigate Lovelock theories of gravity, which are natural generalizations of Einsteins general relativity. These theories contain higher derivative terms, while maintaining the equations of motion of second order, and constitute an ideal arena where to start understanding how higher derivative corrections affect various physical observables of the plasma. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 14/01805-5 - The AdS/CFT correspondence and the quark-gluon plasma
Grantee:Viktor Jahnke
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate