Colloquium: Electron-Ion Collider - Exploring the Science of Nuclear Femtography

12/01/2017 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
CP 155
Speaker(s) / Presenter(s): 
Dr. Jianwei Qiu (JLAB)
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The proton and neutron, known as nucleons, are the fundamental building blocks of all atomic nuclei and make up essentially all the visible matter in the universe, including the stars, the planets, and us. The nucleon is not static but has complex internal structure, and both theory and technology have now reached a point where human is capable of exploring the inner dynamics and structure of nucleons and nuclei at the sub-femtometer distance, which is expected to lead to a new emerging science of nuclear femtography.  In this talk, I will demonstrate that the newly proposed Electron-Ion Collider (EIC) with its unique capability to collide polarized electrons with polarized protons and light ions at unprecedented luminosity, and with almost all elements of heavy nuclei at high energy, will be the most powerful tomographic scanner able to precisely image quarks and gluons inside the proton and nuclei. It is also a precision microscope that allows us to “see” and explore the dynamics binding quarks and gluons together to form hadrons. The EIC will address the most compelling unanswered questions about the elementary building blocks of the visible world to take us to the next frontier of the Standard Model of physics
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