Name of creator
Rolf Hagedorn (1919-2003)
German physicist Rolf Hagedorn studied physics and mathematics at Göttingen and graduated with a diploma in 1950 and a doctorate in 1952 on thermal solid-state theory, under Richard Becker.
He worked as a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPI).
In 1954 following a recommendation from Werner Heisenberg, who was director at MPI at the time, Hagedorn took up an appointment at CERN to help with particle accelerator designs, particularly to calculate non-linear oscillations in particle orbits.
He joined the CERN Theory Group after its transfer from Copenhagen to Geneva in 1957.
As an accelerator physicist Hagedorn developed the theoretical predictions for the particle spectra observed when CERN’s Proton Synchrotron (PS) first began operation; was important for the optimization of secondary beams. He then developed the statistical theory of meson production in considerable detail up to very high energies, and found that one should expect a limiting temperature in hadronic collisions, the ‘Hagedorn temperature’. This has had a major impact on theoretical thinking and on understanding of the properties of hot hadronic matter. It is applicable to any exponentially rising particle mass spectrum, and so also influenced the development of string theories.
Among his contributions to CERN, Hagedorn developed one of the earliest user-friendly interactive computing programs for algebraic manipulations, the SIGMA. (Source: CERN Bulletin March 2003 – 14/2003)
He retired in 1984.
He continued his research after retirement, making pertinent contributions in developments in the field of relativistic heavy ion collisions. He died in March 2003.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Received from Nadine Perrin, Physics-Theory Department (PH-TH) Secretariat in February 2013.
Scope and content
The documents in this collection were created or compiled by Rolf Hagedorn during the years 1954 - 1987.
- Letters Thermodynamics: A-K, 1967-1987
- Notes and reference Statistical Bootstrap, CERN Seminar transparencies (copies) 1973
- Nuclear matter: Model (ERICE version), evaluation, dictionary/data, results, programs, various notes, chemical potential, volume and first attempts
- Miscellaneous: notes and organizations, circulars, letters between organizations, letters and signatures, 1982-1984
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information
Nothing was destroyed.
No further accruals are expected.
System of arrangement
The original order has been preserved.
Conditions governing access
See file level description and the CERN operational circular No 3: rules applicable to archival material and archiving at CERN. In general, records on any subject that are over 30 years old, and all records of a purely scientific nature, may be consulted.
Conditions governing reproduction
Copyright is retained by CERN, no reproduction without permission.
Language / scripts of material
Most of the material is written in English and German.
Listed to file level in the CERN Archive Database.