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High Energy Physics Group
The theory of heavy ions

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A review of the physics principles underlying heavy ion collisions, as well as of the theoretical tools available today to describe them, will be presented. The aims of the high-energy heavy ion programme at RHIC and LHC will be discussed and their impact on the understanding of the high-temperature and high-density states of matter will be illustrated

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