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Relativistic Fluid Dynamics In and Out of Equilibrium
And Applications to Relativistic Nuclear Collisions

Part of Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics

  • Date Published: May 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108483681


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  • The past decade has seen unprecedented developments in the understanding of relativistic fluid dynamics in and out of equilibrium, with connections to astrophysics, cosmology, string theory, quantum information, nuclear physics and condensed matter physics. Romatschke and Romatschke offer a powerful new framework for fluid dynamics, exploring its connections to kinetic theory, gauge/gravity duality and thermal quantum field theory. Numerical algorithms to solve the equations of motion of relativistic dissipative fluid dynamics as well as applications to various systems are discussed. In particular, the book contains a comprehensive review of the theory background necessary to apply fluid dynamics to simulate relativistic nuclear collisions, including comparisons of fluid simulation results to experimental data for relativistic lead-lead, proton-lead and proton-proton collisions at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The book is an excellent resource for students and researchers working in nuclear physics, astrophysics, cosmology, quantum many-body systems and string theory.

    • Connects multiple applications of fluid dynamics to real-world systems, meaning readers can benefit from hands-on experience of the theoretical concepts discussed
    • Presents a single set of notation for fluid dynamics, kinetic theory and gauge/gravity duality which simplifies the applicability of fluid dynamics to various systems by avoiding inconvenient changes of notation
    • Offers the first textbook to cover recent developments in theory of fluid dynamics out of equilibrium
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108483681
    • length: 204 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 180 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 24 b/w illus. 1 colour illus. 4 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Outline, notation, preliminaries
    2. Modern theory of fluid dynamics
    3. Microscopic theory background
    4. Simulating relativistic nuclear collisions
    5. Comparison to experimental data
    6. Summary and conclusions

  • Authors

    Paul Romatschke, University of Colorado Boulder
    Paul Romatschke is Associate Professor in Physics at the University of Colorado, Boulder, working on problems in fluid dynamics, heavy-ion physics, neutron stars, black holes and cold quantum gases. He won a DOE Early Career Award and is a fellow at the Center for Theory of Quantum Matter in Boulder.

    Ulrike Romatschke, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado
    Ulrike Romatschke is a meteorologist by training and an Associate Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research where she works on radar data. Her expertise in fluids and scientific programming has enabled her to collaborate with Paul Romatschke on simulations of relativistic heavy-ion collisions.

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