Aleksas Mazeliauskas

Theoretical Physicist

Theoretical Physics Department, CERN

About me

[ˈaːlɛksɐs mɐzɛˈlʲæuˑskɐs]

[AH-lexas ma-zeh-LYOW-skas]

I am a theoretical physicist working on many-body phenomena emerging from fundamental interactions of elementary particles.

In my research I connect models of nuclear, hadronic and particle physics with methods of relativistic hydrodynamics, statistical physics and out-of-equilibrium dynamics to study the hot and dense nuclear matter created in high-energy hadron collisions. My work has contributed to a better understanding of fundamental states of matter, thermalisation of isolated quantum systems, and how a fluid-like behaviour emerges from a relatively small number of constituents interacting via the strong force.

I work at Theoretical Physics department at CERN, Switzerland. Previously I was a postdoctoral researcher at Heidelberg University, Germany. I had a joint postdoctoral research position in the groups of Prof. Dr. Jürgen Berges and Priv.-Doz. Dr. Stefan Flörchinger at the Institute for Theoretical Physics under the collaborative research project SFB 1225 ISOQUANT. Before that I was a PhD student at Nuclear Theory Group at Stony Brook University, US (PhD advisor Prof. Dr. Derek Teaney).


  • PhD in Physics, 2012 - 2017

    Stony Brook University, Department of Physics and Astronomy, United States

  • Master of Mathematics, 2011 - 2012

    Cambridge University, St. Catharine's college, United Kingdom

  • BA Mathematics, 2008 - 2011

    Cambridge University, St. Catharine's college, United Kingdom


Research and Teaching


Postdoctoral fellow

CERN, Theoretical Physics Department

Oct 2019 – Sep 2021 Geneva, Switzerland

I am a member of the heavy ion physics group at CERN Theoretical Physics Department. I have continued interest in

  • thermalization in QCD and the emergent macroscopic descriptions
  • jet quenching and other Standard Model processes in nuclear collisions
  • hadron and light nuclei production in heavy ion collisions
  • future LHC experiments with heavy and light ions

Other experience:


Postdoctoral researcher

Heidelberg University, Institute for Theoretical Physics

Apr 2017 – Sep 2019 Heidelberg, Germany

I was a member of the collaborative research center “Isolated quantum systems and universality in extreme conditions”. isoquant sfb1225 logo

My work was centered on understanding the early times dynamics in heavy ion collisions and the universal aspects of information loss. I also maintained interest in other stages of the collision like hydrodynamic expansion and hadronization.

Other experience:

Teaching experience:

  • Head tutor, Advanced Quantum Field Theory, summer semester 2019
  • Head tutor, Quantum Field Theory I, winter semester 2018-2019
  • Master seminar leader, QCD Matter in heavy ion collisions, summer semester 2018
  • Head tutor, Quantum Field Theory I, winter semester 2017-2018

Research and teaching assistant

Stony Brook University

Aug 2012 – Mar 2017 Stony Brook, NY, USA

I did my PhD work on Fluctuations in ultra-relativistic heavy ion collisions with prof. Derek Teaney in Nuclear Theory Group. My main research topics were:

Other experience:

  • I organised graduate student seminars in our group and co-organised group dinners and BBQs.

Teaching experience:

  • Recitation instructor, undergraduate electromagnetism and mechanics, Spring/Fall semesters 2014.
  • Teaching assistant, undergraduate mechanics laboratory, Fall/Spring semesters 2012-2013. Received David Fox award for the outstanding Teaching Assistant.

Research Projects

I am fascinated by many-body physics emerging from interactions of elementary particles in a hot and dense nuclear matter created in high-energy hadron collisions at particle accelerators like LHC (CERN) and RHIC (BNL). I am trying to understand the properties of the new state of nuclear matter—the quark-gluon plasma (QGP), which is formed at extreme temperature and density. Outside hadron collisions, such conditions can be found only at the beginning of the Universe and in violent neutron start mergers.

Recently I have been particularly interested in the formation of the quark-gluon plasma at the earliest stages of the collision. I use a weakly coupled kinetic theory of quarks and gluons to perform state-of-the-art simulations elucidating the phenomena of equilibration and fluid-like behaviour of relatively small number of particles interacting via the strong force. I have also worked on the hydrodynamic descriptions of quark-gluon plasma expansion and I am actively working on improving the conversion from fluid fields to measurable hadrons at late stages of the collision.

Click on figures below to learn more about my research!

Effective Kinetic Theory

Simulating the non-equilibrium dynamics of QCD plasmas.

Chemical equilibration

Quark production in weakly coupled QCD plasma


Self-similar evolution in far from equilibrium systems


Stochastic fluctuations in out-of-equilibrium systems

Machine learning in heavy-ion collisions

Analysing harmonic flows using Principal Component Analysis

Hadron formation and resonance decays

Fluid to hadron conversion in heavy-ion models

Computer programs


Linear kinetic theory propagator for initial conditions of heavy ion collisions


Fast calculation of direct resonance decays


3D viscous relativistic hydrodynamics code.

Recent Publications

For up to date publication list see inSpire.

Discovering partonic rescattering in light nucleus collisions
Predicting parton energy loss in small collision systems


Partonic rescattering in light nucleus collions
Chemical equilibration of QGP in hadronic collisions
Equilibration of QGP in small systems
Pre-equilibrium phenomena in Quark Gluon Plasma

Recent Posts

My first organized workshop

One month ago my CERN colleagues Jasmine Brewer, Wilke van der Schee and I launched the organization of our first big scientific …

Reaching out to students in Lithuania

There are two pieces of news. First, I recently gave an interview about myself to Jonas Jurgaitis, the founder of the informal biology …

A one year anniversary

October 1st marked my first year work anniversary at CERN. It was certainly an exceptional year, but here I want to focus only on the …

From discussion to publication

Today is a publication day! Our companion papers (short1 and long2) just appeared on arXiv. In this work we discuss how collisions of …

Remote talks and reopening

On May 18 CERN has initiated a gradual restart of operations. There are many weeks before I will be able to resume working normally. …


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