Bao-An Li

Arkansas State University

Probing the Equation of State of Dense Neutron-Rich Matter with High Energy Radioactive Beams at RIA

The equation of state (EOS) of dense neutron-rich matter is poorly known theoretically and yet it has very important astrophysical implications. In particular, the high density behavior of nuclear symmetry energy is rather diverse based on predictions of various many-body theories. Central collisions induced by high energy radioactive beams at RIA provide a unique opportunity to explore the EOS and novel properties of dense neutron-rich matter. In this talk I shall discuss recent progress in developing an advanced transport model linking many-body theoretical predictions on the EOS of neutron-rich matter with experimental data at radioactive beam facilities. The emphasis will be on identifying experimental observables that are sensitive to the high density behavior of nuclear symmetry energy.

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