Division of Elementary Particle Theory


The research projects in the division of elementary particle theory focus on two main topics:

  1. the physics of ultra-relativistic heavy ion collisions,

  2. the physics of compact stars and supernovae.

The aim of these research projects is to find a consistent theoretical scheme of dense hadronic matter – very hot for the case of heavy ion collisions and rather cold for the case of astrophysical applications. There is a world-wide effort  to understand the structure of such  matter at highest densities, in the vicinity of the phase transition from compressed hadronic matter to the quark-gluon plasma. This is realized by large-scale heavy ion experiments for hot matter and by large scale observational programs with dedicated satellite missions to provide relevant data from astrophysical objects  for the extraction of properties of cold matter at the extremes of density.

Our goal is to fill the widely open gap in the theoretical interpretation of a large body of experimental data from heavy ion collisions as well as astrophysical observatories and ab-initio theory provided by quantum chromodynamics. The theoretical formulation should provide a consistent formulation of the transition from hadronic to quark matter.

The division has strong ties both with experimental as with theoretical centers of this branch of physics. Members of the division  participate in high energy heavy ion experiments ALICE and NA61 realized in CERN and in the astrophysical research networking program CompStar realized within European Science Foundation, which is chaired by David Blaschke from the division.

The division is also engaged in international long term research projects related to future 3rd generation experiments of the upcoming decade. These are FAIR-CBM (Darmstadt) and JINR-NICA (Dubna), programs which are particularly designed to access highest possible baryon densities.

International cooperation of the division covers almost all continents - except for Australia (in the moment) and Antarctica, although just in the vicinity of the South Pole an important neutrino experiment, Ice Cube, is running actually.

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  1. Inst. for Theoretical Physics

  2. University of Wrocław

  3. pl. Maxa Borna 9

  4. 50-204 Wrocław

  5. Poland


  1. ztce at ift.uni.wroc.pl

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  1. phone: +48 71 375 9408

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