A guided tour of Brookhaven's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) conducted by past Laboratory Director John Marburger. RHIC is a world-class scientific research facility that began operation in 2000, following 10 years of development and construction. Hundreds of physicists from around the world use RHIC to study what the universe may have looked like in the first few moments after its creation. RHIC drives two intersecting beams of gold ions head-on, in a subatomic collision. What physicists learn from these collisions may help us understand more about why the physical world works the way it does, from the smallest subatomic particles, to the largest stars. RHIC Home Page
Dmitri "Dima" Kharzeev has been awarded the Humboldt Research Award, a prestigious international award issued by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Bonn, Germany, for scientific excellence in his field.
When heavy ions collide at high energies at Brookhaven's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, the components of the nuclei melt to form a hot soup of their constituent particles. A new model that describes the patterns of particles flowing out from this "quark-gluon plasma" suggests that the resistance to flow is close to the ideal limit used to define a "perfect" fluid.