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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.