October 13, 2015 at 9:00 pm

INPP Seminar | Experimentally Exploring the Phase Structure of QCD at RHIC, Oct. 13

Michael Lisa

Michael Lisa

The Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics (INPP) presents Michael Lisa, of the Ohio State University, presenting Experimentally Exploring the Phase Structure of QCD at RHIC,” on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at at 4 p.m. in Edwards Accelerator Lab, Roger W. Finlay Conference Room.

Abstract: For the past several years, a major component of the experimental program at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) has been a systematic study of heavy ion collisions over a large range of center of mass energies (5-200 GeV/c). The motivation for this large-scale undertaking is to explore the phase structure of QCD matter for a range of system parameters (temperature and chemical potentials) over which nontrivial structures may emerge. These structures include a first-order phase transition at large net-baryon density and a critical point. The talk will present the current status of the experimental program and intriguing nontrivial trends in several observables that simultaneously suggest a transition in the system. Future directions in the theoretical and experimental program will also be outlined.

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