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Rene BellwiedRene Bellwied

M.D. Anderson Chair Professor
Department of Physics

Office: Science & Research 1, 406-A
Contact: bellwied@uh.edu - (713) 743-3548

Education: Ph.D., Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany

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Dr. Rene Bellwied is an experimental nuclear physicist working at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Relativistic Heavy ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York. His group is interested in measuring and understanding the formation of visible matter during the early evolution of the Universe. They study the phase transition from a state of free quarks and gluons, called the Quark-Gluon Plasma, to the particles that populate the cosmos now, such as pions, protons and neutrons. By accelerating heavy ions to close to the speed of light, and then letting them collide, we can provide the same energy density that occurred in the Universe only microseconds after the Big Bang. This energy is sufficient to create the Quark-Gluon Plasma state, which was discovered by us at RHIC in 2005. The new, even higher energies achievable at the LHC allow us to study the formation of matter in detail and characterize the deconfined state of quarks and gluons as well.

  • Beam energy dependence of net-Lambda fluctuations measured by the STAR experiment at RHIC, J. Adam et al. (STAR Coll.), arXiv:2001.06419, to be published in Phys.Rev.C
  • Off-diagonal correlators of conserved charges from lattice QCD and how to relate them to experiment, R. Bellwied, S. Borsanyi, Z. Fodor, J.N. Guenther, J. Noronha-Hostler, P. Parotto, A. Pasztor, C. Ratti, J.M. Stafford, Phys. Rev. D 101, 034506 (2020)
  • Freeze-out temperature from net-kaon fluctuations at energies available at the BNL Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, J. Noronha-Hostler, R. Bellwied, P. Parotto, I. Portillo, C. Ratti, Phys.Rev.C 99 (2019) 3, 034912
  • Quantum entanglement in the initial and final state of relativistic heavy ion collisions, Rene Bellwied, J.Phys.Conf.Ser. 1070 (2018) 1, 012001
  • Multiplicity-dependent enhancement of strange and multi-strange hadron production in proton-proton collisions at sqrt(s) = 7 TeV”, J. Adam et al. (ALICE Coll.), Nature Phys. 13 (2017) 535
  • The QCD Phase Diagram from analytical continuation, R. Bellwied, S. Borsanyi, Z. Fodor, J. Guenther, S.D. Katz, C. Ratti, K.K.Szabo, Phys.Lett. B751 (2015) 559
  • Fluctuations and correlations in high temperature QCD, R. Bellwied, S. Borsanyi, Z. Fodor, S.D. Katz, A. Pastor, C. Ratti, K.K. Szabo, Phys.Rev. D92 (2015) no.11, 114505
  • Freeze-out conditions from net-proton and net-charge fluctuations at RHIC, P.Alba, R. Bellwied, M. Bluhm, V. Mantovani Sarti, M.Nahrgang, C. Ratti, Phys.Lett. B738 (2014) 305
  • Is there a flavor hierarchy in the deconfinement transition of QCD?, R. Bellwied, S. Borsanyi, Z. Fodor, S.D. Katz, C. Ratti, Phys.Rev.Lett. 111 (2013) 202302
  • Are there hadronic bound states above the QCD transition temperature?, C. Ratti, R. Bellwied, M.Cristoforettii, M. Barbaro, Phys.Rev.D85 (2012) 014004

Organizations, Outreach, Boards, Memberships:

Member, American Physical Society (APS)
Member, Physics Policy Committee of the APS, 2010-2012
Chair, National User Facility Organization – NUFO, 2008-2012
Associate Chair, University of Houston Department of Physics, 2013-2019
U.S. Coordinator, LHC ALICE Experiment, 2015-2018
Chair, Texas Section of the APS, 2018-present
Editorial Board, Universe Magazine, 2019-present