RHIC is the first machine in the world capable of colliding ions as
heavy as gold.
The Spin Puzzle
RHIC is the world's only machine capable of colliding beams of polarized
protons to investigate the 'missing' spin of the proton.
A breakthrough accelerator could collide electrons with heavy ions or
protons at nearly the speed of light to create “snapshots” of the force
binding all visible matter.
Before high-speed packets of heavy ions can be brought into collisions
with one another, they first travel through a chain of smaller particle
An Educational Pipeline
Large-scale physics facilities like RHIC play a significant role in
training the next generation of physicists.
A Compelling Future for RHIC
RHIC is in its prime, poised to address a host of compelling
science questions that remain or have been raised by the important
discoveries to date, the facility performance continues to improve
dramatically and the user base remains energized.