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Direction de la Recherche Fondamentale  -  Saclay
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IPhT, CEA Saclay, April 23rd-25th, 2009: Introduction

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Quantum Field Theory in Extreme Environments :
an international workshop and symposium to celebrate the

60th birthdays of Jean-Paul Blaizot and Larry McLerran

CEA Saclay, Paris, France, April 23rd-25th, 2009

Description and Main topics


The tremendous success of the standard model in the last several decades as a description of physical reality has as an important component the study of quantum field theories in extreme environments. These have vastly improved our understanding of the universe, from the inflationary paradigm in cosmology, the high temperature electroweak and quark gluon transitions to the role of primordial magnetic fields in galaxy formation and the physics of dense stellar objects such as neutron stars and black holes. On earth, extreme environments to investigate the behavior of quantum fields are now routinely achieved in high energy hadron and heavy ion collisions, intense laser fields and ultra-cold atoms. Further, the advent of high performance computing has made feasible detailed numerical experiments of the non-perturbative behavior of gauge theories at finite temperatures and densities.


The purpose of the workshop and symposium "Quantum Field Theory in Extreme Environments" is to review the latest developments and to celebrate the scientific achievements of Jean-Paul Blaizot and Larry McLerran both of whom turn 60th this year and have contributed very significantly to many aspects of our understanding of the field. The meeting will take place at CEA Saclay outside Paris from Thursday April 23rd through Friday, April 24th, 2009 - and at the IAP in downtown Paris, on Saturday, April 25th, 2009.

Organizing committee

François Gelis (CEA/IPhT)    Dima Kharzeev (BNL)
Edmond Iancu (CEA/IPhT)    Raju Venugopalan (BNL)
Jean-Yves Ollitrault (CEA/IPhT)    Werner Vogelsang (BNL)