The equation of state (EoS) of QCD is a crucial input for the modeling of heavy-ion-collision (HIC) and neutron-star-merger systems. Calculations of the fundamental theory of QCD, which could yield the true EoS, are hindered by the infamous Fermi sign problem which only allows direct simulations at zero or imaginary baryonic chemical potential. As a direct consequence, the current coverage of the QCD phase diagram by lattice simulations is limited. I will discuss two different equations of state based on first-principle lattice QCD (LQCD) calculations [1, 2]. The first is solely informed by the fundamental theory by utilizing all available diagonal and non-diagonal susceptibilities up to 𝒪(μ_B^4) in order to reconstruct a full EoS at finite baryon number, electric charge and strangeness chemical potentials. For the second, we go beyond information from the lattice in order to explore the conjectured phase structure, not yet determined by LQCD methods, to assist the experimental community in their search for the critical point. We incorporate critical behavior into this EoS by relying on the principle of universality classes, of which QCD belongs to the 3D Ising Model. This allows one to study the effects of a singularity on the thermodynamical quantities that make up the equation of state used for hydrodynamical simulations of HICs. Additionally, we ensure that these EoSs are valid for applications to HICs by enforcing conditions of strangeness neutrality and fixed charge-to-baryon-number ratio. I will show the features of and quantities produced by these EoSs and compare them.
1) J. Noronha-Hostler, P. Parotto, C. Ratti, J.M. Stafford, Physical Review C 2019, 100, 064910
2) J.M. Stafford, D. Mroczek et al, arXiv:2103.08146