Jyväskylä, Finland

QCD Kinetic Theory And Thermalization

when 8 August 2016 - 12 August 2016
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC

Non-equilibrium physics of strong interactions offers an interesting playground of quantum field theory in extreme conditions. In particular, one of the major open theoretical questions in heavy-ion collisions is how the matter formed in the collisions thermalizes and becomes hydrodynamical. While there are very few theoretical tools to study this far-from-equilibrium system, in the theoretical limit of asymptotically large collision energies, the real time evolution of the thermalization can be described using a kinetic theory based on weak coupling expansion of QCD. In this course, we will discuss the derivation of the kinetic theory and its application to various far-from-equilibrium systems including the early stages of heavy-ion collisions.

This course is combined with PH1 course.

Course leader

Lecturer: Dr. Aleksi Kurkela (CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, Switzerland)

Coordinator: Dr. Tuomas Lappi (University of Jyvaskyla)

Target group

The course is targeted at the advanced undergraduate and especially at graduate students in physics.

The Summer School annually offers courses for advanced master’s students, graduate students, and post-docs in the various fields of science and information technology.

Course aim

The most important aims of the Summer School are to develop post-graduates scientific readiness and to offer students the possibility to study in a modern, scientific environment and to create connections to the international science community. The Summer School offers an excellent pathway to develop international collaboration in post-graduate research.

Credits info

2 EC
Passing: Obligatory attendance at lectures, and completing the exercises.

Grading: Pass/fail

Fee info

EUR 0: Participating the Summer School is free of charge, but student have to cover the costs of own travel, accommodation and meals at Jyväskylä.


The 26th Jyväskylä Summer School is not able to grant any Summer School students financial support.