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Theory and Modeling for the Beam Energy Scan:

from Exploration to Discovery

Motivation

The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory has concluded phase I of its Beam Energy Scan (BES) program. The goal of the RHIC BES program is to explore the phase diagram of strongly interacting matter at high baryonic densities and search for the QCD critical point by performing systematic scans at lower beam energies. Results from the RHIC BES I program are intriguing. There indeed seem to be several signals suggesting a softening of the equation of state, which may result from a first-order transition, as well as possible indications of a critical point. In light of these intriguing results, several accelerator and detector upgrades have been planned to conduct the phase II of the RHIC BES during the period 2017-2020. The goal of the RHIC BES II is discovery of the QCD critical point by performing high luminosity scans within the interesting beam energy range revealed through explorations at RHIC BES I.

Past experience has proven that even qualitative understanding of the physics encoded within the RHIC experimental data requires substantial theoretical input based on QCD calculations as well as detailed, quantitative modeling of the medium created at the RHIC. However, the coordinated theoretical and modeling efforts necessary for comprehensive understanding of the RHIC BES data is presently lacking.

The purpose of this workshop is to gather a small group of expert theorists, phenomenologists and experimentalists to identify the necessary theoretical and modeling developments required for RHIC BES, to delineate a clear path towards extracting concrete physics utilizing the RHIC BES data, and to kick-start collaborations among theorists, phenomenologists and experimentalists to ensure that the necessary theoretical and modeling developments can be achieved before the start of the RHIC BES II experimental program.

Workshop Organizers

  • Michael Lisa (OSU)
  • Swagato Mukherjee (BNL)
  • Hannah Petersen (FIAS)
  • Misha Stephanov (UIC)
  • Paul Sorensen (BNL)

Presentations

Presentations will be by invitation only.

Accommodations

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