EPJ Web of Conferences Highlight - Quark Matter 2023 - 30th International Conference on Ultra-Relativistic Nucleus-Nucleus Collisions

The first all in-person Quark Matter conference after the pandemic was a big success.

The 30th edition of the International Conference on Ultra-relativistic Heavy-Ion Collisions, Quark Matter 2023, was held in Houston, Texas, on September 4-9, 2023.

It marked the return of a fully in-person conference ever since the pandemic necessitated many conference series, including Quark Matter, to resume online or in hybrid format. Nearly 700 participants from 28 countries, half of them graduate students and young scientists, contributed to a broad program highlighting recent results from theory and experiments conducted at a range of accelerator facilities. New opportunities from theoretical developments, experiment upgrades, and new experiments at existing or new facilities were discussed in more than 500 oral and poster presentations.

The focus of the Quark Matter conference series is on the fundamental understanding of strongly-interacting matter at extreme conditions of temperature and density, as formed in ultra-relativistic nucleus–nucleus collisions. In these conditions, which also characterized the early Universe, matter appears in the form of a Quark–Gluon Plasma, with quarks and gluons not confined within hadrons.

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