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Departmental Colloquium

Study of the Initial Temperature of the Big Bang with the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider  
Guest Speaker
Dr. Xiaochun He  
Guest Affiliation
Georgia State University, Department of Physics and Astronomy  
Dr. Robin Shelton  
Thursday, January 27, 2011 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm  
Physics 202  

This talk begins with a brief introduction of the standard model of particle physics and cosmology, which will be followed with a detailed description of the physics motivations and the experimental efforts at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory.  The focus of this talk will be on the recent result from the PHENIX experiment at RHIC and its implication for probing the initial temperature of the matter a few microseconds after the Big Bang.