PhD defence: Towards relativistic hydrodynamics with spin currents

PhD defence of A.D. Gallegos Pazos

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Summary

Hydrodynamics is a theory capable of describing a wide variety of phenomena, ranging from fluid flow in a pipe to stellar evolution. The evolution of the hydrodynamic fluid flow is captured by the conservation laws of the underlying microscopic system and it is described by an associated set of macroscopic quantities, such as temperature and fluid velocity. In particular the evolution of temperature is described by energy conservation while the evolution of the fluid velocity is described by momentum conservation.  

When a system contains additional charges, such as electric charge, the hydrodynamic equations can be modified to take their flow into account. This holds true, in particular, when the additional charges are quantum in nature. Such is the case of spin, an intrinsic form of angular momentum carried by the elementary particles composing the fluid of interest.

This thesis describes how spin can be included, in a systematical and consistent way, into the framework of hydrodynamics. It sets the foundations for a formal treatment of spin hydrodynamics and provides a couple of examples in the context of the quark gluon plasma, a highly energetic fluid formed during heavy ion collisions.

Start date and time
End date and time
Location
Academiegebouw, Domplein 29 & online (link)
PhD candidate
A.D. Gallegos Pazos
Dissertation
Towards relativistic hydrodynamics with spin currents
PhD supervisor(s)
prof. dr. S.J.G. Vandoren
Co-supervisor(s)
dr. U. Gursoy