EPJ A Review - Melting hadrons, boiling quarks

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In the context of the Hagedorn temperature half-centenary our understanding of the hot phases of hadronic matter both below and above the Hagedorn temperature is reviewed. The first part of this review paper just published in EPJ A addresses many frequently posed questions about properties of hadronic matter in different phases, phase transition and the exploration of quark-gluon plasma (QGP). The historical context of the discovery of QGP is described and the role of strangeness and strange antibaryon signature of QGP illustrated. In the second part the corresponding theoretical ideas and how experimental results can be used to describe the properties of QGP at hadronization are described.

Johann Rafelski (2015), Melting hadrons, boiling quarks, European Physical Journal A 51: 114, DOI: 10.1140/epja/i2015-15114-0

Two addenda to this article can be found here and here.