Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Reminiscences: Rolf Hagedorn and Relativistic Heavy Ion Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Johann Rafelski
      Pages 3-20 Open Access
    3. Torleif Ericson
      Pages 21-26 Open Access
    4. Maurice Jacob
      Pages 27-32 Open Access
    5. Luigi Sertorio
      Pages 33-36 Open Access
    6. István Montvay, Tamás Biró
      Pages 37-40 Open Access
    7. Johann Rafelski, Torleif Ericson
      Pages 41-48 Open Access
    8. Krzysztof Redlich, Helmut Satz
      Pages 49-68 Open Access
    9. Igor Dremin
      Pages 75-80 Open Access
    10. Marek Gaździcki, Mark I. Gorenstein
      Pages 87-92 Open Access
    11. Grazyna Odyniec
      Pages 93-96 Open Access
    12. Hans H. Gutbrod
      Pages 97-106 Open Access
    13. Emanuele Quercigh
      Pages 117-122 Open Access
  3. The Hagedorn Temperature

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-124
    2. Rolf Hagedorn
      Pages 125-138 Open Access
    3. Rolf Hagedorn
      Pages 139-178 Open Access
    4. Johann Rafelski
      Pages 179-182 Open Access
    5. Rolf Hagedorn
      Pages 223-228 Open Access
    6. Johann Rafelski
      Pages 229-234 Open Access
    7. Rolf Hagedorn
      Pages 235-240 Open Access
    8. Johann Rafelski, Rolf Hagedorn
      Pages 241-270 Open Access
    9. Rolf Hagedorn
      Pages 287-306 Open Access
  4. Melting Hadrons, Boiling Quarks Heavy Ion Path to Quark-Gluon Plasma

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 307-308
    2. Rolf Hagedorn
      Pages 309-342 Open Access
    3. Johann Rafelski
      Pages 343-374 Open Access
    4. Johann Rafelski
      Pages 375-378 Open Access
    5. Johann Rafelski
      Pages 379-386 Open Access
    6. Johann Rafelski
      Pages 387-388 Open Access
    7. Johann Rafelski
      Pages 389-400 Open Access
    8. Johann Rafelski
      Pages 401-416 Open Access
    9. Johann Rafelski
      Pages 417-439 Open Access
  5. Johann Rafelski, Torleif Ericson
    Pages E1-E1 Open Access

About this book


This book shows how the study of multi-hadron production phenomena in the years after the founding of CERN culminated in Hagedorn's pioneering idea of limiting temperature, leading on to the discovery of the quark-gluon plasma -- announced, in February 2000 at CERN.

Following the foreword by Herwig Schopper -- the Director General (1981-1988) of CERN at the key historical juncture -- the first part is a tribute to Rolf Hagedorn (1919-2003) and includes contributions by contemporary friends and colleagues, and those who were most touched by Hagedorn: Tamás Biró, Igor Dremin, Torleif Ericson, Marek Gaździcki, Mark Gorenstein, Hans Gutbrod, Maurice Jacob, István Montvay, Berndt Müller, Grazyna Odyniec, Emanuele Quercigh, Krzysztof Redlich, Helmut Satz, Luigi Sertorio, Ludwik Turko, and Gabriele Veneziano.

The second and third parts retrace 20 years of developments that after discovery of the Hagedorn temperature in 1964 led to its recognition as the melting point of hadrons into boiling quarks, and to the rise of the experimental relativistic heavy ion collision program. These parts contain previously unpublished material authored by Hagedorn and Rafelski: conference retrospectives, research notes, workshop reports, in some instances abbreviated to avoid duplication of material, and rounded off with the editor's explanatory notes.

About the editor:

Johann Rafelski is a theoretical physicist working at The University of Arizona in Tucson, USA. Born in

1950 in Krakow, Poland, he received his Ph.D. with Walter Greiner in Frankfurt, Germany in 1973. Rafelski arrived at CERN in 1977, where in a joint effort with Hagedorn he contributed greatly to the establishment of the relativistic heavy ion collision, and quark-gluon plasma research fields. Moving on, with stops in Frankfurt and Cape Town, to Arizona, he invented and developed the strangeness quark flavor as the signature of quark-gluon plasma.


CERN Theory Division Hagedorn Temperature Heavy-ion Physics at CERN Impact of Rolf Hagedorn's Work Legacy of Rolf Hagedorn Rolf Hagedorn Statistical Models for Particle Production

Editors and affiliations

  • Johann Rafelski
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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