Coherence in high energy nuclear physics

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Date/Time:Monday, 12 Oct 2009 from 4:10 pm to 5:10 pm
Location:Physics 3
Phone:515-294-9901
Channel:Colloquium
Categories:Lectures
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Kirill Tuchin (Iowa State University)

To study the properties of nuclear matter, the stuff nuclei are made off, one bombards nuclei with various particles. At high energies, these particles interact in exactly the same way with every nucleon of the nucleus. This is called coherent scattering. Using examples from Classical and Quantum Electrodynamics I will illustrate the dramatic impact of coherence on observable quantities. Coherence plays a crucial role in Strong Interactions at high energies. I will argue that understanding coherence is essential in the quest for the new forms of nuclear matter.