The STAR detector upgrades for the BES II and beyond physics program

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The Beam Energy Scan program (BES) at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) is dedicated to explore the Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) phase diagram and to search for the critical point of the QCD phase transition. The results from the BES phase I program show hints of a first-order phase transition in the QCD phase diagram and the turn-off of the characteristic signatures of the quark gluon plasma at low collision energies, sNN<20GeV. Three upgrades of the STAR detector, the inner Time Projection Chamber, the Event Plane Detector, and the endcap Time Of Flight, provide unique opportunities to further investigate the nature of the QCD phase diagram during the BES phase II program (BES II), which covers the sNN from 7.7 to 19.6 GeV in the collider mode and from 3 to 7.7 GeV in the fixed-target mode. Beyond the BES II, the STAR Collaboration currently designs, constructs, and installs a suite of new detectors in the forward rapidity region (2.5 < η < 4) over the next two years, enabling a program of novel measurements in p+p, p+A and A+A collisions. This extension of STAR's kinematic reach will allow a detailed study of cold QCD physics at both very high and very low partonic momentum fraction. The new subdetectors to be installed comprise a Forward Calorimeter System, with electromagnetic and hadronic calorimetry. As well as a Forward Tracking System, which consists of 3 layers of silicon mini-strip detectors and 4 layers of small-strip Thin Gap Chambers. In this presentation, the detailed description on the STAR detector upgrades for the BES II and beyond, their performance, as well as the future physics opportunities, will be given.

Original languageEnglish
Article number121758
JournalNuclear Physics A
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jan

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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