Title: How can AdS/CFT be useful for heavy-ion physics?
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Speaker(s): Pavel Kovtun
Date: 14/11/2006 - 11:00 am
It's not that I am so tremendously interested in the topic, I just find it remarkable how much fuss there is around it. Despite the fact that Pavel started his talk with a very nice motivation about RHIC experiments, I could not avoid noticing the sharp contrast between his predictions, and the predictions I am used to from nuclear physics talks. The latter of which usually include some plots of calculated observables, how well they fit the actual data points (and error bars to both if necessary). Based on this, a conclusion on the quality of the model should be given, and how they compare to other approaches. It seems to me that the AdS/CFT calculations haven't yet quite reached this state.
I have wondered for some while how the importance of the results is seen from the nuclear physicist's community, which has gathered last week in Shanghai on the Quark Matter 2006. The Quark Matter is the largest annual meeting of the community, which I am very sorry to have missed this year. But interestingly, yesterday a friend (who kindly agreed that I post his email) reported the following on the closing talk:
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From: "******* *******"
To: [...] sabine[@]perimeterinstitute.ca
Sent: Tuesday, November 21, 2006 9:00 PM
Subject: Tearing string theory a new a*hole
This is pretty weird/interesting.
We just concluded quark matter. At the theory summary, in what was supposed to be the closing session, the guy speaking (Larry McLerran, a pretty famous person) went on a 20 minute rant on string theory in general, attempts to use it to describe RHIC in particular, and Brian Greene in personal.
See Larry McLerran's talk (PPT), slides 19 onwards for what I am talking about (the slides do not convey his tone, e.g. giving Brian Greene a "Pinocchio award").
In any case, an amusing closing talk to conclude a somewhat politicized (no surprise) but fun (as always) conference.
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The powerpoint file is pretty large (11MB), so here are the last some slides as jpgs (click to enlarge), starting with the Pinocchio award for Brian Greene:
Please don't ask me details about the talk, as I mentioned, I didn't hear it. This is just to convey some skepticism from 'the other side'.
Update: See also Clifford's post Nuclear Guy goes Nuclear at Asymptotia, and Lubos' post Heavy Ion Physics and AdS/QCD.
Update: A written version of the summary talk is now available on the arxiv
Theory Summary: Quark Matter 2006
Authors: Larry McLerran