A Selection of Theory Predictions with Special Relevance to E895

The largely-unexplored region between Bevalac/SIS bombarding energies and the maximum beam energy of the AGS has drawn much theoretical interest within the past couple of years. For example, some nuclear transport calculations point to improved sensitivity to equation-of-state effects in this energy region.

A Relativistic Cascade model (ARC) offers indications that 10A GeV/c or above is too high for observing deviations from "dilute gas" behavior; at lower beam momenta (but above the Bevalac/SIS region), it is argued that higher effective compression is generated, leading in turn to more prominent nuclear equation-of-state effects. You can view a
hand-cranked "movie" showing the time-evolution in the ARC model of quantities relevant to E895.

Turning from microscopic simulations to hydrodynamic models, there are predictions of dramatic structure in the
sideward flow excitation function Px(Pbeam) over the region in question if production of a Quark-Gluon Plasma phase is assumed. The full text and figures for this recent preprint are available on the Web.

Last updated: Nov 20, 1995