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Indiana University Bloomington

Jinfeng Liao

Jinfeng Liao Assistant Professor
Nuclear Physics (Theoretical)

B.S., Tsinghua University, 2001
M.S., Tsinghua University, 2004
Ph.D, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2008

I also hold appointment as RBRC Fellow at the RIKEN BNL Research Center.

Office: SW 231
Phone: (812) 856-7796
Email: liaoji at indiana.edu

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I am a theoretical nuclear physicist interested in studying the structures and properties of matter under extreme conditions --- the hottest, the densest, and/or the most strongly interacting matter that once filled the entire Universe that can now be explored by high energy collider experiments in the laboratory as well as by astrophysical observation of compact stars in the sky. These studies cover a wide range of topics in nuclear physics, particle physics, as well as many-body physics. Specifically I've recently been working on: 1) the strongly interacting pre-equilibrium matter, at very early times during an ultra-relativistic heavy ion collision, and its thermalization during ``the-first-three-fermi'' (over c time) after the ``little bang''; 2)the emergent topological degrees of freedom which are deemed responsible for quark confinement and are expected to dominate the structure of matter at strong coupling; 3) the topological effects and possibly symmetry-violating phenomenon that may be observable in experiments.


Selected Publications

    My publication can be found at the SPIRES database here .