Johann Rafelski, Homepage, Professor of Physics, University of Arizona Quark Gluon Plasma Quark Matter Special Relativity Matters

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Department of Physics
The University of Arizona
1118 E. Fourth Street
PO Box 210081
Tucson, AZ 85721

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picture taken at FIAS on June 28, 2017
In picture: 31 years after: L to R: Berndt Muller, Peter Koch and Johann Rafelski
the three authors of 1986 Strangness Signature of QGP bestsellers:
Strangeness in Relativistic Heavy Ion Collisions, Phys.Rept. 142 (1986) 167-262

See update "From Strangeness Enhancement to Quark-Gluon Plasma Discovery"

(Photo) (Photo)

Half of the Nobel Prize 2018
to a future with Strong Fields:

Gerard Mourou and
Donna Strickland

Photo at Lake Geneva 2013
Front: Gerard Mourou, Marcelle
Donna Strickland
2nd row: Johann and Victoria
PDF: The light-pulse horizon;
CERN Courier 2009

Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) project launch
Paris 2008: to right speaking Gerard Mourou
Center: Johann Rafelski and B. Manuel Hegelich, the three authors of
Probing the quantum vacuum with ultra intense laser pulses


Latest Book: Teaching Special Relativity introducing the physical reality (JS Bell method) -- RELATIVITY MATTERS: From Einstein's EMC2 to Laser Particle Acceleration and Quark-Gluon Plasma (US web-link) (and German web-link )


  • Research profile
  • Student and Teaching information
  • List and pdf's of recent talks
  • Research interests and related links
  • Essay: How was QGP discovered?
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Publications by Catergories
  • Google Scholar list of publications
  • Books authored and edited
  • Strangness (and charm, bottom) publication list

  • (Photo)
    Relativistic Heavy Ion Physics at the June 13, 2017, Rudolph Bock 90 year fest at GSI
    from left to right: Hans Specht, Ulrich Mosel, Johann Rafelski, Hans Gutbrod, Reinhard Stock, Wolfram von Oertzen, Johanna Stachel, Peter Braun-Munzinger, Paolo Giubellino
    (Photo Credit Gabi Otto, GSI)

    updated July 10/August20, 2017