J. Scott Moreland, Entered 2012/13  

J. Scott Moreland

Office Location: 274-A
Office Phone: (919) 660-2490
Email Address: jsm55@duke.edu

Theoretical nuclear physics

Research Categories: nuclear theory, heavy-ion physics, high-energy phenomenology

Research Description: At temperatures exceeding two trillion Kelvin, nuclear matter undergoes a phase transition from a hadron resonance gas to a color-neutral soup of deconfined quarks and gluons known as a quark-gluon plasma (QGP). This exotic state of matter filled the universe for several microseconds after the big bang and is a critical chapter in our cosmic narrative. My current work focuses on improving computer simulations used to model QGP fireballs produced in relativistic heavy-ion collisions. I'm specifically interested in improving our murky understanding of early time, pre-equillibrium dynamics and extracting hydrodynamic transport coefficients of the QGP medium.

Recent Publications

  1. J. Scott Moreland, Ulrich W. Heinz, Imprinting Quantum Fluctuations on Hydrodynamic Initial Conditions, Nuclear Physics A (Submitted, October, 2012) [5508] .
  2. Ulrich W. Heinz, J. Scott Moreland, Energy dependent growth of the nucleon and hydrodynamic initial conditions, Physical Review C (August, 2011), pp. 8pp. [5379], [doi] .
  3. Ulrich W. Heinz, J. Scott Moreland, Huichao Song, Viscosity from elliptic flow: The path to precision, Physical Review C (August, 2009), pp. 4pp [2617], [doi] .