What the inflaton might tell us about RHIC/LHC

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Berges, J.
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Topical phenomena in high-energy physics related to collision experiments of heavy nuclei ("Little Bang") and early universe cosmology ("Big Bang") involve far-from-equilibrium dynamics described by quantum field theory. One example concerns the role of plasma instabilities for the process of thermalization in heavy-ion collisions. The reheating of the early universe after inflation may exhibit rather similar phenomena following a tachyonic or parametric resonance instability. Certain universal aspects associated to nonthermal fixed points even quantitatively agree, and considering these phenomena from a common perspective can be fruitful.
Comment: Plenary talk at SEWM08, 9 pages, 6 figures
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High Energy Physics - Phenomenology, Astrophysics, High Energy Physics - Lattice, Nuclear Theory
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