EPJ Web of Conferences, Vol. 164 (2017), art. no. 07033
The NA61/SHINE experiment studies hadron production in hadron+hadron,
hadron+nucleus and nucleus+nucleus collisions. The strong interactions program has
two main purposes: study the properties of the onset of deconfinement and search for the
signatures of the critical point of strongly interacting matter. This aim is pursued by performing
a two-dimensional scan of the phase diagram by varying the energy/momentum
(13A-158A GeV/c) and the system size (p+p, Be+Be, Ar+Sc, Xe+La) of the collisions.
This publication reviews recent results from p+p, Be+Be and Ar+Sc interactions. Measured
particle spectra are discussed and compared to NA49 results from Pb+Pb collisions.
The results illustrate the progress towards scanning the phase diagram of strongly interacting