Speed of sound and baryon cumulants in heavy-ion collisions
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Speed of sound and baryon cumulants in heavy-ion collisions

  • Author(s): Sorensen, Agnieszka;
  • Oliinychenko, Dmytro;
  • Koch, Volker;
  • McLerran, Larry
  • et al.

We present a method that may allow an estimate of the value of the speed of sound as well as its logarithmic derivative with respect to the baryon number density in matter created in heavy-ion collisions. To this end, we utilize well-known observables: cumulants of the baryon number distribution. In analyses aimed at uncovering the phase diagram of strongly interacting matter, cumulants gather considerable attention as their qualitative behaviour along the explored range of collision energies is expected to aid in detecting the QCD critical point. We show that the cumulants may also reveal the behavior of the speed of sound in the temperature and baryon chemical potential plane. We demonstrate the applicability of such estimates within two models of nuclear matter, and explore what might be understood from known experimental data.

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