Results from the RHIC Beam Energy Scan
National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), Kashirskoe highway 31, Moscow, 115409, Russia
a e-mail: AVTaranenko@mephi.ru
Published online: 5 December 2017
The first phase of the Beam Energy Scan (BES-I) program at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) is based on Au+Au collision data collected between 2010 and 2014 at center-of-mass energies = 7.7, 11.5, 14.5, 19.6, 27, and 39 GeV. The BES-I program has four physics goals: search for the turning off of the signatures of the Quark Gluon Plasma (QGP), the search for the possible first-order phase transition between hadronic gas and QGP, the search for the possible critical end point and the study of the transport properties of the strongly interacting matter as a function of the temperature T and baryon chemical potential μB. In this article, we briefly review and discuss the main results and their understanding from the BES-I program and future plans for the BES-II program (2019-2020).
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