Development of a simulation to identify signals for a QCD phase transition at the CBM@FAIR experiment

CBM 3D Model

The CBM experiment at the currently constructed accelerator facility FAIR is at the center of a scientific program with the goal to widen the understanding of the properties and the phases of Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD). In particular, the aim of the CBM experiment is to investigate the phase diagram of QCD and experimentally establish possible first-order phase transitions with a critical end-point.

This important goal can only be achieved by an accompanying theoretical program running parallel to the largescale experimental efforts.

This project has the explicit task to predict signature of the phase transition at a quantitative level. It is necessary to improve the theoretical methods in order to connect experimental measurements at CBM with a potential phase transition.

Therefore, the goal of this project is to develop a simulation that is able to describe correctly the dynamics of the heavy-ion collision in the presence of a QCD phase transition.This will then allow for determining or constraining the phase structure through the interpretation of the CBM data. In this context it is necessary to isolate the most important and sensitive experimental observables and conditions that can yield information on the transition, in order to supply the experimentalists with the relevant information for a successful realisation of the CBM project.

More information on the project website:

CBM experiment

Project Leader and Cooperation Partner


Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Horst Stöcker (Leader), (formerly Prof. Dr. Stefan Schramm)

Prof. Dr. Ivan Kisel

Project Coordination

Prof. Dr. Joachim Stroth – Goethe University