Strangeness and quark-gluon plasma

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I review the foundational motivations which led us to the ultra relativistic heavy ion collision research at SPS, RHIC and now LHC: the quantum vacuum structure; the deconfined nature of the quark-gluon plasma (QGP) phase filling the Universe for the first 30 μs after the Big Bang; the origin of mass of stable matter; and the origin of flavor. The special roles of strangeness enhancement and strange antibaryon signature are highlighted. It is shown how hadron production can be used to determine the properties of QGP and how the threshold energy for QGP formation is determined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)829-842
Number of pages14
JournalActa Physica Polonica B
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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