Jean-Paul Blaizot joins the CP3 Board

May 12, 2015

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Portrait of Jean-Paul BlaizotWe are happy to announce that Jean-Paul Blaizot has joined the CP3 Board.

Jean-Paul Blaizot received his doctorate in physics from the Etat de l’Université de Paris 7 in 1977. Already in 1975, he entered the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), and in 1977 he took a postdoctoral position at the Niels Bohr Institute. Alongside his position at the CNRS, he was on extended visits at the University of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Brookhaven National Laboratory. He was appointed deputy director of service at the CEA Saclay in 1995, and promoted to director of service in 1998. From 2004-2008, he was the director of ECT* in Trento, Italy before returning to CEA Saclay where he remains to this day.

The goals of Blaizot’s research are manyfold. He seeks to understand the collective excitations of nuclei and the properties of nuclear matter, with particular emphasis on many-body problems. This naturally relates to his interests in the quark-gluon plasma and the phenomenology of ultra-relativistic heavy ion collisions, which tests our knowledge of QCD to the limit. Understanding the quark-gluon plasma naturally requires an appreciation of quantum field theory at finite temperatures, another subject that has Jean-Paul’s interest. Since these are strongly coupled regimes where the perturbative description of quantum field theory breaks down, he is interested in methods that go beyond perturbation theory, in particularly the exact renormalization group.

We look very much forward to Jean-Paul’s advice and fruitful collaboration.

Jean-Paul is replacing our outstanding colleague Stanley J. Brodsky who is stepping down from the board according to the scheduled periodic renewal of the board.