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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.
Emerging QCD Frontier: The Electron Ion Collider By Thomas
A cornerstone of the standard model of particle physics is Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD), the theory of strong interactions. The exchange of gluons between quarks mediates the force that provides the internal binding in all strongly interacting particles, just as the exchange of photons between electrically charged particles mediates the electromagnetic force. However, unlike photons, gluons are much more than mere force carriers. The gluons also have a color charge, and thus interact among themselves. The self-interactions of gluons determine all the unique features of QCD. More...
MAPS Vertex Detector for STAR – HFT Pixel Development
By Leo Greiner
The STAR Heavy Flavor Tracker upgrade group is working to extend the capabilities of the STAR detector in the heavy flavor domain by providing a tracking system that will allow for very high resolution vertex measurements. This upgrade is designed to allow for the direct topological reconstruction of D and B mesons through the identification of decay vertices displaced from the primary interaction vertex by 100 – 150 microns. The Pixel Detector is composed of two layers of high resolution Monolithic Active Pixel Sensors (MAPS) and is the core of the vertex detector upgrades for STAR. More...
Research at RHIC
Last week on August 8 and 9, students from ten summer programs at Brookhaven presented the results of their research in poster sessions and symposia. The programs, directed by Kenneth White, the manager of Brookhaven’s Office of Educational Programs, include the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program in which over eighty-four undergraduate students in the majoring in the sciences and engineering from all over the United States come to Brookhaven to work with staff members. Projects on topics touching RHIC and AGS were directed by scientists and engineers in the Physics and Collider-Accelerator departments. More...