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October 2020
ICASU Welcomes New Graduate Fellow

The Illinois Center for Advanced Studies of the Universe (ICASU) welcomes the first ICASU graduate fellow, Debora Mroczek. Debora joins Professor Jacquelyn Noronha-Hostler’s research group, where she will use machine learning to map the Quantum Chromodynamic (QCD) phase diagram.
https://icasu.illinois.edu/news/icasu-welcomes-new-graduate-fellow

October 2020
Publishing During the Pandemic

PhD student Travis Dore and Assistant Professor Jaki Noronha-Hostler wrote a paper on the effects of shear and bulk viscosity and their influence on the search for the Quantum Chromodynamics critical point. We used relativistic hydrodynamics and studied at what point hydrodynamics breaks down as one approaches a critical point and also how out out-of-equilibrium effects influence the search for the critical point. This was recently accepted for publication in Phys. Rev. D:
https://arxiv.org/pdf/2007.15083.pdf

PhD student Patrick Carzon and former Postdoc Dr. Matt Sievert (who recently left for a professorship at New Mexico State University) and Assistant Professor Jaki Noronha-Hostler published a paper on the possibility of a deformed 208^Pb nucleus. Most people assume lead 208 is spherical because it has double magic numbers but there is an unresolved puzzle in ultra-central heavy-ion collisions that a pear shape lead nucleus may resolve. However, from our study we find that it does not capture the correct fluctuations of the nucleus. This was accepted for publication in Phy Rev. C
https://arxiv.org/pdf/2007.00780.pdf