Physics Division Seminars bring us speakers on a variety of physics related subjects. Usually these are held in the Building 6008 large Conference Room, at 3:00 pm on the chosen day, but times and locations may vary. For more information, contact our seminar chairman,
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Relativistic hydrodynamic equations have become a rather fashionable subject to deal with the hot dense matter produced in the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). In this talk I will show how such a set of equations may be derived from a suitable generalization of Classical Irreversible
Thermodynamics. In their linearized form, these equations are free from instabilities and do not violate causality. These results are thus an improvement on the so-called "first order" theories and suggest that "second order" theories, although free from instabilities, may also be reconsidered since they contain adjustable parameters.