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Lectures: Paul Romatschke

October 9, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - October 11, 2019 @ 4:00 pm

Paul Romatschke (University of Colorado) will give a lecture series
October 9-11, 2019 at TU Wien on

Relativistic Fluid Dynamics Out of Equilibrium

Abstract: In standard textbooks, fluid dynamics is often introduced as
a near-equilibrium approximation to classical kinetic theory. Recent
advances, both in theory for out-of-equilibrium quantum field theories
and experimental data from high energy colliders, have taught us that
the textbooks are wrong: fluid dynamics quantitatively applies in
out-of-equilibrium, and highly quantum-mechanical, situations. In
these lectures, I will discuss how modern out-of-equilibrium fluid
dynamics is set up, how it relates to familiar microscopic approaches
such as kinetic theory and gauge/gravity duality, and how and when it
breaks down. If time allows, I will discuss applications of out-of-equilibrium
fluid dynamics to relativistic ion collisions at the LHC, and cosmology.


  • October 9, 2019: 16:00-18:00, FH HS 7
  • October 10, 2019: 15:00-17:00, FH HS 2
  • October 11, 2019: 16:00-18:00, FH HS 3


October 9, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
October 11, 2019 @ 4:00 pm




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