Central European Journal of Physics

, Volume 10, Issue 6, pp 1278–1281

Probing the QCD critical point with relativistic heavy-ion collisions


    • Department of PhysicsDuke University
  • Hannah Petersen
    • Department of PhysicsDuke University
  • Cory Quammen
    • Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of North Carolina
  • Hal Canary
    • Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of North Carolina
  • Christopher G. Healey
    • Department of Computer ScienceNorth Carolina State University
  • Russell M. TaylorII
    • Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of North Carolina
Research Article

DOI: 10.2478/s11534-012-0076-1

Cite this article as:
Bass, S.A., Petersen, H., Quammen, C. et al. centr.eur.j.phys. (2012) 10: 1278. doi:10.2478/s11534-012-0076-1


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.


QCD critical pointrelativistic heavy-ion collisionsevent-by-event hydrodynamics

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