Theoretical Physics – Group Petersen

Dynamical Description of Heavy Ion Reactions at FAIR

Detailed dynamical approaches that connect the properties of QCD matter such as the viscosity and the equation of state to final state observables are essential to gain quantitative insights. Triggered by detailed measurements, especially of correlation observables, and technical advances in high performance computing it has recently become possible to develop realistic event-by-event descriptions of the evolution of heavy ion collisions. These approaches need to contain the identified major ingredients on which a consensus has just emerged in the community, namely an early stage non-equilibrium evolution followed by a (nearly) ideal hydrodynamic expansion and subsequent gradual decoupling and hadronic rescatterings. The major goal is to develop a transport approach for the dynamical description of heavy ion reactions at FAIR using state-of-the-art scientific computing.


An overview of our papers, sorted by year.

List ends 2019. Newer publications can be found on the SMASH website or on Inspire.


An overview of our presentations, sorted by year.

Talks are listed only until 2019. Selected talks can be found on the SMASH website.


  • Institute for Theoretical Physics, Goethe University Frankfurt (ITP)
  • GSI Theory: Transport and Experiment Simulations
  • Center for Scientific Computing (CSC)
  • Model And Data Analysis Initiative (MADAI) collaboration
  • QCD group at Duke University 
  • Alexander-von-Humboldt Stiftung (AvH)
  • Deutsche Telekom Stiftung
  • Jetscape