19-22 October 2011
Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke VA
US/Eastern timezone
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What do we know about the shear-viscosity of QCD matter?

21 Oct 2011, 15:00
Crystal Ballroom B (Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke VA)

Crystal Ballroom B

Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke VA


Steffen Bass (Duke University)


The success of viscous Relativistic Fluid Dynamics (RFD) in describing hadron spectra and elliptic flow at RHIC has led to a strong interest in the transport coefficients of QCD, in particular the shear- and bulk-viscosity as well as the shear-viscosity over entropy-density ratio eta/s. In my talk I will review our current state of knowledge on the shear viscosity of QCD matter at RHIC. In particular I will focus on the latest attempts to constrain eta/s via model to data comparisons, the question whether low viscosity matter needs to be strongly interacting in the deconfined phase and on recent calculations of eta/s for a hadron gas in and out of chemical equilibrium.

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