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We hope that this web publication will in some small measure reflect the excitement of the RHIC and AGS program at Brookhaven, as explained by some of the people who are doing the experiments, analyzing the data, and writing the papers.
Retreat to Advance RHIC
By Fulvia Pilat
Since the beginning of RHIC operations in 2000, the RHIC Retreat has been the main forum to address the recent accelerator performance and prepare the next and future runs. Typically we hold it about 2 weeks after the end of RHIC operations, when run memories are still fresh, yet it is early enough for the Retreat discussions to be relevant in the planning of the machine shutdown. More...
the Quirks of Quarkyons Lurking in a Low Energy Run?
By Rob Pisarski
The phase diagram of Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) has proven to be a subject full of surprises. The wealth of experimental results obtained from RHIC to date show that the region which has been probed, the "strongly-coupled Quark Gluon Plasma," (sQGP) is much richer than anyone ever expected. This is a region of high temperature, but where the net baryon density is (very) low. More...
for the QCD Critical Point at RHIC: First Experience with Au-Au
Collisions at 9.2 GeV
By Tapan Nayak
In thermodynamics, a critical point occurs where the first-order transition between two phases of matter ceases to exist. On one side of the point, the two phases are distinct and the transition from one phase to the other is sharp and typically characterized by a latent heat. On the other side of the point, the two phases can co-exist and the transition from one to the other is a smooth crossover. More...
By Janet Seger and Yuri Gorbunov
STAR has recently completed and published an extensive analysis of rho-meson production in 200-GeV ultraperipheral Au-Au collisions at RHIC . Ultraperipheral “collisions”—where the gold nuclei pass in close proximity to each other but don’t actually overlap—are ubiquitous at RHIC. More...
Short news items of interest to the RHIC/AGS community. This week: One Year of RHIC News, New Ph.Ds From BRAHMS, and New Director for Jefferson Lab. More...