Deterministic randomness in relativistic hydrodynamics

S@INT Seminar

We usually think of hydrodynamics as a deterministic description of fluid motion. The focus of this talk is on random fluctuations in hydrodynamics caused by thermal noise, inherent in a system with dissipation. The interest in this subject is driven by the progress of heavy-ion collision experiments and, in particular, by the search for the QCD critical point at the Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collider. I will discuss the role the fluctuations play in hydrodynamics and how we can describe their evolution in a deterministic formalism.

Zoom link will be available via announcement email, or by contacting: ikolbe[at]

Misha Stephanov
University of Illinois