# Relativistic nucleus–nucleus collisions: from the BEVALAC to RHIC

@article{Stock2004RelativisticNC, title={Relativistic nucleus–nucleus collisions: from the BEVALAC to RHIC}, author={R. Stock}, journal={Journal of Physics G}, year={2004}, volume={30}, pages={633-648} }

I briefly describe the initial goals of relativistic nuclear collision research, focusing on the LBL Bevatron/Bevalac facility in the 1970s. An early concept of high hadronic density fireball formation, and subsequent isentropic decay (preserving information of the high-density stage), led to an outline of physics observables that could determine the nuclear matter equation of state at several times the nuclear ground state matter density. With the advent of QCD the goal of locating and…

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