RBRC Workshop: Physics Opportunities from the RHIC Isobar Run

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The RHIC isobar experiment introduced a well-controlled running mode leading to a new discovery tool for nuclear physics with unprecedented precision. Since the isobar nuclei have the same mass number, deviation of ratios of any observables from unity will flag a non-trivial physics origin. Recent measurements from collisions of 96/44Ru and 96/40Zr nuclei indeed reveal significant deviation of ratios of several bulk observables from unity, such as v2, v3, mean transverse momentum, and multiplicity.

These precision data can generate substantial impacts on constraining the structure of nuclei and their event-by-event shape fluctuations as the initial state of heavy-ion collision systems. Analyses of additional observables, including flow fluctuations and correlations, identified particle spectra and anisotropy, HBT radii, electromagnetic (EM) probes, and jet production are ongoing. Many exciting results are expected to be released by the next Quark Matter conference in April 2022.

Given such an opportunity, we deem that a workshop gathering experts from both experiments and the theory community to discuss analysis strategies and make theoretical predictions is timely and will advance our understanding of the physics potential of the isobar dataset.

The goal of this workshop is to 1) explore and identify interesting observables and associated physics, 2) understand the required experimental precision and identify possible backgrounds, 3) call for theoretical predictions, and 4) identify interesting isobar species for possible future experiments.

The topics of the workshop focus on ratios of observables from the RHIC isobar experiment, for which we can achieve good precision, including:

  • Hydrodynamical flow and geometrical response, with a focus on connection to nuclear structure
  • Chiral Magnetic Effect (CME), vorticity, and effects of strong EM field
  • Longitudinal fluctuations and correlations related to the transport of conserved charges
  • Nuclear PDF and transition from collective flow to jet quenching


Event ID: B000003934

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    • 9:00 AM 11:40 AM
      Morning session
      Convener: Bao-An Li (Texas A&M University-Commerce)
      • 9:00 AM
        Overview of octupole deformation: what is it, where it is expected 40m
        Speaker: Luis Robledo (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid)
      • 9:40 AM
        An overview of neutron skin physics from nuclear structure and reaction: method and implications 40m
        Speaker: Pawel Danielewicz (Michigan State University)
      • 10:20 AM
        Measuring neutron-skin thickness with forward/backward rapidity neutrons in ultracentral relativistic isobaric collisions 25m
        Speaker: Jun Xu (Shanghai Advanced Research Institute, CAS)
      • 10:45 AM
        Hydrodynamics and Bayesian Inferences in isobar collisions 30m
        Speaker: Wilke van der Schee (Utrecht University)
      • 11:15 AM
        LHC results and connection to nuclear structure 25m
        Speaker: You Zhou (Niels Bohr Institute)
    • 11:40 AM 12:00 PM
      Break 20m
    • 12:00 PM 2:00 PM
      Afternoon Session
      Convener: Berndt Mueller (BNL)
      • 12:00 PM
        Ab initio nuclear structure theory and connections to heavy-ion collisions 40m
        Speaker: Dean Lee (Michigan State University)
      • 12:40 PM
        Initial shape engineering via final state correlations in (isobar) system scan 30m
        Speaker: Jacquelyn Noronha-Hostler (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
      • 1:10 PM
        Nuclear structure in high and low energy heavy-ion collisions 25m
        Speaker: Hannah Elfner (GSI, University Frankfurt)
      • 1:35 PM
        Nuclear structure studies in heavy ion collisions at NICA 25m
        Speaker: Grigory Nigmatkulov (National Research Nuclear University MEPhI)
    • 2:00 PM 3:00 PM
      Discussion session: Future opportunities for collaboration and experimental studies 1h

      what else could heavy-ion collisions measure?

      Speakers: Dean Lee (Michigan State University), Wilke van der Schee (Utrecht University)
    • 9:00 AM 11:40 AM
      Morning session: Longitudinal dynamics and baryon stopping
      Convener: Thomas Schaefer (North Caroline State University)
      • 9:00 AM
        Interplay of equilibrium and non-equilibrium components from dynamical core-corona towards the RHIC isobar collisions 30m
        Speaker: Yuuka Kanakubo (Sophia University)
      • 9:30 AM
        Probing longitudinal dynamics in isobar collisions with a hybrid approach 30m
        Speaker: Anna Schäfer (Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies)
      • 10:00 AM
        Effects of hydrodynamic and initial longitudinal fluctuations on rapidity decorrelation of collective flow 20m
        Speaker: Azumi Sakai (Sophia University)
      • 10:20 AM
        Improving the AMPT model for isobar collisions 30m
        Speaker: Zi-Wei Lin (East Carolina University)
      • 10:50 AM
        Trento initial condition for RHIC Isobar collisions 30m
        Speaker: Weiyao Ke (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
      • 11:20 AM
        Comparing initial states of 96Ru+96Ru and 96Zr+96Zr collisions at 200 GeV using a LEXUS inspired model 20m
        Speaker: Aritra De (University of Minnesota)
    • 11:40 AM 12:00 PM
      Break 20m
    • 12:00 PM 2:00 PM
      Afternoon session: Charge fluctuations, diffusion, and correlations
      Convener: Volker Koch (LBNL)
      • 12:00 PM
        Local charge/baryon conservation in isobar collision 30m
        Speaker: Dmytro Oliinychenko (INT)
      • 12:30 PM
        Charge fluctuations in isobar collisions and connections with lattice QCD 30m
        Speaker: Volodymyr Vovchenko (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
      • 1:00 PM
        Relativistic fluid dynamics of multiple conserved charges 30m
        Speaker: Jan Fotakis (University of Frankfurt)
      • 1:30 PM
        Balance function and charge fluctuations in the RHIC isobar collisions 30m
        Speaker: Christopher Plumberg (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
    • 2:00 PM 3:00 PM
      Discussion on conserved charge fluctuations and correlations 1h
      Speakers: Christopher Plumberg (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Vladimir Skokov (North Caroline State University / RBRC)
    • 9:00 AM 11:30 AM
      Session I
      Convener: Sergei Voloshin (Wayne State University)
    • 11:30 AM 11:50 AM
      Break 20m
    • 11:50 AM 1:30 PM
      Session II
      Convener: Flemming Videbaek (BNL)
    • 1:30 PM 2:30 PM
      Discussion: Improving background calculations for CME search 1h
      Speakers: Jinfeng Liao (Indiana University), Shuzhe Shi (Stony Brook University)