The research in the Jyväskylä QCD theory group at the University of Jyväskylä department of Physics revolves around different aspects of QCD at high energy and density. In addition to the phenomenology of high energy nuclear collisions at the CERN-LHC and BNL-RHIC, we are involved with physics studies for planned next generation DIS experiments. We use weak coupling QCD renormalization group equations to understand the partonic structure of hadrons and nuclei. Important specialties of our group are using this information to understand the formation of a thermalized quark-gluon plasma, and modeling its subsequent evolution with relativistic hydrodynamics.

Our research is supported by the Academy of Finland (AoF) and previously also by the European Research council (see ERC Consolidator project Shining Light on Saturated Gluons 2024-2029 and the previous ERC project CGCglasmaQGP). We form the AoF Centre of Excellence in Quark Matter together with the ALICE group at JYFL in 2022-2029. Our research is also part of the Phases of Strongly Interacting Matter theory project (2023-2028)  at the Helsinki Institute of Physics (HIP) (see also previous 2014-2022 project).  We are in a close contact with the QCD groups in Helsinki. For recent research highlights, see the JYFL Annual Report 2021  (p. 54), and earlier 2000-2020.