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Fluctuations, Correlations and RHIC Low Energy Runs


For the last couple of years the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory has been performing experiments at lower energies in search of the elusive QCD Critical End Point (CEP). In general critical behaviors are manifested through appearance of long range correlations and increasing fluctuations associated with the presence of mass- less modes in the vicinity of a second order phase transition. Experimental signatures of the CEP is likely to be found in observables related to fluctuations and correlations.

Thus, one of the major focus points of the RHIC low energy scan program is to measure various experimental observables connected to fluctuations and correlations. On the other hand, with the start of the RHIC low energy scan program, flurries of activities are also being taken place to provide solid theoretical background for the search of the CEP using observables related to fluctuations and correlations. While new data are pouring in from the RHIC low energy scan program, many recent advances have also being made in the phenomenological and lattice gauge theory sides in order to have a better theoretical understanding of the wealth of new data.

Thus we propose to organize a small short-term workshop with a goal of creating a synergy between the experimental, phenomenological and lattice QCD aspects of the fluctuation and correlation related studies of the RHIC low energy scan program. This workshop intends to bring the leading experts from the related fields under the same forum; not only to inform each other about recent developments in their own respective fields, but also to share new ideas among themselves to streamline the continuing search of CEP in the RHIC low energy scan program.


Presentations will be mainly by invitation. We expect to be able to accommodate a limited number of contributed talks. If you are interested in presenting a contributed talk, please contact one of the organizers.

Proceedings Information for Speakers

All speakers are to submit a 6-page Proceedings Package consisting of:

The Proceedings Package must be submitted prior to or during the workshop. A paper copy is preferable; however, an electronic copy may be submitted to pesposit@bnl.gov. Please avoid using color since the proceedings are printed in black and white.

Your cooperation is appreciated for timely publication of the proceedings after the workshop. Any questions contact the event coordinator at 631-344-5864 or pesposit@bnl.gov.


Please note, it is your responsibility to reserve your own accommodations. Limited on-site housing is available which will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Transportation from area hotels is not provided by BNL. There is no public transportation to BNL. Attendees are strongly advised to make car rental arrangements prior to arrival. More...

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