Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) has been well established as the theory of strong interactions, quantitatively validated, with a remarkable precision, by a host of experiments at high energies. In the past decade, there has been tremendous progress in our understanding of hadron structure in the framework of QCD at high energy and its extrapolations of properties of matter at extreme temperatures and densities, greatly aided by increasingly sophisticated ab-initio QCD calculations. The emerging science of the further exploration of QCD and the ultimate understanding of the structure of nuclear matter drives the development of a next-generation high luminosity electron-ion collider (EIC).
This is the fourth workshop in a series of workshops dedicated to broaden and refine the scientific exploration of the emerging QCD frontier that can be addressed with an EIC, and to continue work on design points for both the accelerator and the detectors. The first two days of this workshop will be dedicated to developments in accelerator technology, followed by the next three days with a focus on the physics and detector-related issues. Significant time will be set aside for discussions.
For a general idea of the structure of previous workshops, please see the main EIC collaboration webpage or some of the earlier meeting webpages:
On behalf of the Fourth Electron Ion Collider Worskshop Organizing Committee, it is our pleasure to invite you and your colleagues to participate in this Workshop at Hampton University, from May 19 to 23, 2008.