Research and collaboration

In the theory of ultrarelativistic heavy ion collisions, we focus on understanding the production mechanisms and properties of strongly interacting elementary particle matter -- the Quark-Gluon Plasma in particular. We aim at solid predictions for observables measurable in the collider experiments at CERN-LHC and BNL-RHIC, based on which the matter properties can be determined. Our basic tools are Quantum Chromodynamics, its perturbation theory and effective theories, and relativistic hydrodynamics. Our research is supported by European Research council (see ERC Consolidator project CGCglasmaQGP) and the Academy of Finland. Our research is also part of the QCD-theory project (2014-2016/2019) at the Helsinki Institute of Physics (HIP).  We are in a close contact with the QCD groups in Helsinki and the ALICE group at JYFL.  For recent results, see the JYFL Annual Report 2016, and earlier 2000-2015.