YITP-RIKEN iTHEMS International Molecule-type Workshop 2024



    QCD at finite temperature and density is one of the most challenging problems in modern physics, which plays a crucial role to understand the origin and coevolution of the universe and matter. On the one hand, the relativistic heavy-ion collision experiments in the past decades have opened a new and exciting field to explore physical properties of such a QCD matter at high-temperature. On the other hand, recent astrophysical observations of compact stars (in particular, events involving neutron stars) is becoming another exciting tool to unveil properties of the dense QCD matter. This molecule-type workshop is aimed at bringing together theorists working on QCD at finite-temperature and density, with a particular focus on dense quark-nuclear matter relevant to neutron star physics. We will mainly cover macroscopic properties of the finite-density QCD matter such as the Lee-Yang edge singularity for a QCD critical point, the renewed Fermi liquid theory for quark-nuclear matter, nuclear superfluidity, color superconductivity, quark-hadron continuity, quantum vortex, and transport phenomena including the weak-interaction processes.


  • QCD matter at finite temperature and density


  • 2024/3/11 (Mon.) - 2024/3/22 (Fri.)


    Room K206, Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics (Research building), Kyoto University [Google Map]  

Invited Lecturers

  • Mark G. Alford (Washington University in St. Louis): "Nuclear matter in mergers: the quest for equilibrium"
  • Gordon Baym (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign/RIKEN iTHEMS): "Matter under extreme conditions -- from neutron stars to nucleons"
  • Muneto Nitta (Keio University): "Topological aspects of nuclear and quark matter"
  • Sanjay Reddy (University of Washington): "Thermal and transport properties of dense matter and their implications for astrophysics"
  • Dam Thanh Son (The University of Chicago): "Effective theories of Fermi liquids and Relativistic guiding-center motion"
  • Mikhail Stephanov (University of Illinois Chicago): "QCD critical point and hydrodynamic fluctuations in relativistic fluids"

Registration Information

  • The registration deadline are 2024/1/27 (Sat.) for the onsite participants, and 2024/3/6 (Wed.) for the online participants. Please register from the registration page.
  • We can only accommodate a limited number of onsite participants due to the conference room's capacity. Putting importance to the dense discussion among the onsite participants, the organizers will review registration profiles and notify selected onsite participants by the end of January 2024.

Request for Acknowledgment

We are grateful if you would acknowledge YITP and RIKEN iTHEMS, with the workshop number YITP-T-23-05, in your papers initiated or motivated by discussions during the workshop. Below are some sugggested examples:

  • The authors thank the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics at Kyoto University and RIKEN iTHEMS, where this work was initiated [completed] during the workshop (YITP-T-23-05) on “Condensed Matter Physics of QCD 2024”.
  • The authors thank the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics at Kyoto University and RIKEN iTHEMS. Discussions during the workshop (YITP-T-23-05) on “Condensed Matter Physics of QCD 2024” were useful to complete this work.


  • Masaru Hongo (Niigata University/RIKEN iTHEMS)
  • Tetsuo Hatsuda (RIKEN iTHEMS)
  • Yoshimasa Hidaka (KEK)
  • Yuki Fujimoto (University of Washington)
  • Masakiyo Kitazawa (YITP, Kyoto University)

Supporting Organizations

This workshop is primarily sponsored by Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics (Kyoto University) and RIKEN iTHEMS with co-sponsorship from RIKEN Quantum.