Research Article

Central European Journal of Physics

, Volume 10, Issue 6, pp 1278-1281

Probing the QCD critical point with relativistic heavy-ion collisions

  • Steffen A. BassAffiliated withDepartment of Physics, Duke University Email author 
  • , Hannah PetersenAffiliated withDepartment of Physics, Duke University
  • , Cory QuammenAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Science, University of North Carolina
  • , Hal CanaryAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Science, University of North Carolina
  • , Christopher G. HealeyAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Science, North Carolina State University
  • , Russell M. TaylorIIAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Science, University of North Carolina

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Abstract

We utilize an event-by-event relativistic hydrodynamic calculation performed at a number of different incident beam energies to investigate the creation of hot and dense QCD matter near the critical point. Using state-of-the-art analysis and visualization tools we demonstrate that each collision event probes QCD matter characterized by a wide range of temperatures and baryo-chemical potentials, making a dynamical response of the system to the vicinity of the critical point very difficult to isolate above the background.

Keywords

QCD critical point relativistic heavy-ion collisions event-by-event hydrodynamics