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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.
by Achim Franz and Todd Satogata
July and August brings the usual Long Island summer with its heat and humidity, but for nearly a decade it has a Sunday attraction that brings many visitors to BNL -- usually more than a thousand in one day! The BNL Summer Sunday Tours are held on several Sundays during the summer. Each Summer Sunday highlights a different department, from the firemen to the NOAA weather station. The largest Summer Sunday is usually the one devoted to RHIC, which was held on August 19. More...
LARP at RHIC
By Wolfram Fischer
You may have wondered what the label “LARP” on RHIC’s integrated luminosity chart means. LARP stands for “LHC Accelerator Research Program” and the luminosity delivered at IP10 was to test a luminosity monitor for the LHC. The monitor was built at LBNL, tested at BNL, and will be shipped to CERN. Within the Collider-Accelerator Department, A. Drees was responsible for the test. More...
from the Early Time Dynamics in Heavy Ion Collisions
By Agnes Mocsy
For the past few decades, a goal of the nuclear physics community has been to produce and characterize a new state of matter, the Quark-Gluon Plasma (QGP). In 1999 the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at BNL turned on and began producing a state of matter more remarkable than predicted. In April 2005 the discovery of strongly coupled QGP, which behaves as a perfect liquid was announced and covered extensively by mainstream media. The current experimental results, however, still cannot be understood in a comprehensive and quantitative way in lack of understanding the early time dynamics in heavy ion collisions. By early times, we mean the time between the physical contact of two heavy nuclei and the formation of the locally thermalized QGP. More...