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How to Proceed

Summarising, the physics of hot and dense hadronic matter has received a large boost especially with the complement of detectors now operating at the SIS facility of GSI. The quest for the nuclear matter equation of state and more generally the search for the properties of extended nuclear matter has entered a new domain. Precursor phenomena of chiral symmetry restoration could be at work and would offer an exciting view on the generation of masses in strongly interacting systems. Especially the density dependence can be studied with intermediate energy heavy ion reactions in a very clean way at moderate temperatures. Whether the fundamental chiral symmetry provides the basis for a consistent description of the multitude of new data needs to be explored with high priority. With a more solid understanding of the ingredients many of the current ambiguities in the theoretical description of the data and the modelling of the reaction could vanish. The top priorities of this research program are:
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