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Melting Hadrons, Boiling Quarks - From Hagedorn Temperature to Ultra-Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collisions at CERN

With a Tribute to Rolf Hagedorn

Editors: Rafelski, Johann (Ed.)

  • Reviews one of the scientifically important early periods at CERN
  • Edited and co-authored by a former collaborator of Rolf Hagedorn
  • Contains unpublished material by Rolf Hagedorn
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This book shows how the study of multi-hadron production phenomena in the years after the founding of CERN culminated in Hagedorn's pioneering idea of limiting temperature, leading on to the discovery of the quark-gluon plasma -- announced, in February 2000 at CERN.

Following the foreword by Herwig Schopper -- the Director General  (1981-1988) of CERN at the key historical juncture -- the first part is a tribute to Rolf Hagedorn (1919-2003) and includes contributions by contemporary friends and colleagues, and those who were most touched by Hagedorn: Tamás Biró, Igor Dremin, Torleif Ericson, Marek Gaździcki, Mark Gorenstein, Hans Gutbrod, Maurice Jacob, István Montvay, Berndt Müller, Grazyna Odyniec, Emanuele Quercigh,  Krzysztof Redlich, Helmut  Satz, Luigi Sertorio, Ludwik Turko, and Gabriele Veneziano.

The second and third parts retrace 20 years of developments that after discovery of the Hagedorn temperature in 1964 led to its recognition as the melting point of hadrons into boiling quarks, and  to the rise of the experimental relativistic heavy ion collision program. These parts contain previously unpublished material authored by Hagedorn and Rafelski: conference retrospectives, research notes, workshop reports, in some instances abbreviated to avoid duplication of material, and rounded off with the editor's explanatory notes.

About the editor: 

Johann Rafelski is a theoretical physicist working at The University of Arizona in Tucson, USA. Bor

n in 1950 in Krakow, Poland, he received his Ph.D. with Walter Greiner in Frankfurt, Germany in 1973.  Rafelski arrived at CERN in 1977, where in a joint effort with Hagedorn he contributed greatly to the establishment of the relativistic heavy ion collision, and quark-gluon plasma research fields. Moving on, with stops in Frankfurt and Cape Town, to Arizona, he invented and developed the strangeness quark flavor as the signature of quark-gluon plasma.

About the authors

Johann Rafelski is a theoretical physicist working at The University of Arizona in Tucson, USA. Born in 1950 in Krakow, Poland, he received his Ph.D. with Walter Greiner in Frankfurt, Germany in 1973.  Rafelski arrived at CERN in 1977, where in a joint effort with Hagedorn he contributed greatly to the establishment of the relativistic heavy ion collision, and quark-gluon plasma research fields. Moving on, with stops in Frankfurt and Cape Town, to Arizona, he invented and developed the strangeness quark flavor as the signature of quark-gluon plasma.

Reviews

“The book is undoubtedly an ideal companion to all those who wish to recall the birth of one of the main areas of today’s concepts in high-energy physics, and it is definitely a well-deserved credit to one of the great pioneers in their development.” (Frithjof Karsch, CERN Courier, June, 2016)


Table of contents (34 chapters)

  • Spotlight on Rolf Hagedorn

    Rafelski, Johann

    Pages 3-20

  • Rolf Hagedorn: The Years Leading to T H

    Ericson, Torleif

    Pages 21-26

  • Music and Science: Tribute to Rolf Hagedorn

    Jacob, Maurice

    Pages 27-32

  • On Hagedorn

    Sertorio, Luigi

    Pages 33-36

  • Hungarian Perspective

    Montvay, István (et al.)

    Pages 37-40

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Melting Hadrons, Boiling Quarks - From Hagedorn Temperature to Ultra-Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collisions at CERN
Book Subtitle
With a Tribute to Rolf Hagedorn
Editors
  • Johann Rafelski
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-17545-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-17545-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-17544-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 441
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