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Can We Discover the QCD Critical Point at RHIC?
Motivation & Plans
The workshop is motivated by a growing body of theoretical and experimental evidence that the critical point on the QCD phase diagram, if it exists, should appear on the QGP transition boundary at baryo-chemical potential ~100 - 500 MeV, corresponding to heavy ion collisions with c.m. energy in the range 5 - 50 GeV/u. Identifying and pinning down this point with experimental measurements would be a major step forward in the world-wide effort to determine the properties of QCD at high temperature and density.
There is now a great deal of interest in the possibility of an experimental search of this region, using the RHIC colliding beams and the STAR and PHENIX detectors. The proposed workshop will examine such a program, bringing together theorists, experimentalists, and accelerator scientists. The goals of the workshop will be to explore a practical set of measurements for such a program, based on expected performance of the RHIC facility at the low end of its energy range; to determine the accelerator development effort required for such a program; and to estimate the impact of such a program on the operations schedule for RHIC.
Last Modified: February 5, 2008