Mr Mauricio Hippert Teixeira (UFRJ)
The discovery of the chiral critical point would represent a major breakthrough in the study of the phase diagram of strong interactions and is one of the main goals of the RHIC Beam Energy Scan program. Its neighborhood is characterized by the arising of intense fluctuations of the chiral field which could, in principle, generate pronounced experimental signatures. However, experimental uncertainties which are inherent to heavy ion collisions, as well as the modest size and duration of the formed plasma in these collisions, might severely attenuate these signatures, demanding a careful search for robust and reliable signals of the critical point neighborhood. In this work, using Monte Carlo techniques, we study the viability of correlations of pions and protons as signatures of the chiral critical point in a realistic scenario, similar to the ones which are found in RHIC.