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New Discoveries at RHIC
the current case for the strongly interactive QGP

Date: May 14-15, 2004
Miklos Gyulassy, Larry Mc Lerran, Wit Busza

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Friday, May 14, 2004
  - South Room, Brookhaven Center, 1-4:30pm  Note:  Bldg & Room Change
  - BBQ at Brookhaven Center, Bldg. 30. (open to all registered participants) 6-8pm

Saturday, May 15, 2004 ~ Live WEB Broadcast:   WWW.BNL.GOV/VIDEO
Bldg. 510 Large Seminar Room (open to all RHIC Researchers).  AGENDA below.

Outline of Workshop

Several RBRC theory position papers have been posted
 (see ) arguing that the first three years of data from RHIC has produced strong empirical evidence for the production of a new state of matter, the strongly interacting and coupled quark gluon plasma (sQGP) in central collisions of Au nuclei at 200 AGeV. 

Different lines of evidence were pointed out related to:

  1. constraints on the QCD equation of state as revealed by collective observables
  2. evidence for chromo-dynamics of short wavelength probes as revealed by jet quenching
  3. hadronic coalescence signatures of deconfinement
  4. growing evidence for the nuclear Color Glass Condensate as the source of the sQGP.

The papers also discuss lessons learned from previous lower energy AA experiments at SPS, AGS, GSI and their relation to the published RHIC data.

The RBRC workshop, to be held at BNL Friday and Saturday, May 14 and 15, is timed to facilitate participation by those attending the 2004 RHIC/AGS Users' Meeting.  The aim of the RBRC Workshop is to start the process of reaching consensus on new physics discoveries contained by the first 275 (incl. 46 PRL) published papers by the four experiments at RHIC.  

The workshop is organized in to two parts.  

Friday, May 14 ~ The First Meeting of the RHIC Round Table Discussion Group

We want to clarify the rationale for the way the First Meeting of the RHIC Round Table Discussion Group was organized.  This meeting will take place in the South Room of the Brookhaven Center from 1-4:30 pm, Friday, May 14.  It is sponsored by the RIKEN Brookhaven Research Center and is associated with the RBRC Workshop, New Discoveries at RHIC:  The Current Case for the Strongly Interactive Quark Gluon Plasma, which will be held on Saturday, May 15.

In order to have a reasonably coherent round table discussion, the number of participants in this discussion had to be limited.  This limitation has been communicated to the leaders of the various experiments.  The meeting is informal and will be entirely focused on the scientific issues, as such, we encouraged a minimal participation from lab management and representatives of DOE.  Interested members of the experimental and theoretical community are most welcome to listen in to the discussion, subject to space limitation.  At the end of the meeting, we will allow time for a general participation from the audience (a minimum time of hour). 

The meeting will be held in the South Room of Brookhaven Center, Bldg. 30.  In the evening at 6:00 p.m., there will be an Informal BBQ at the Brookhaven Center for all registered participants.

Saturday, May 15th ~ Workshop on New Discoveries at RHIC

The Saturday session will be open to all and we invite active participation by the RHIC community.  

The meeting will be held in the Large Seminar Room in the BNL Physics Bldg. 510.  Lunch will be served on Saturday in the Lounge of the Large Seminar Room in Physics, Bldg. 510.

AGENDA for Saturday, May 15th
8:30 AM - Registration & Coffee
9:00 AM - Overview: The Strongly Interacting Quark Gluon Plasma, T. D. Lee (20+5) Write-up & Figures
9:25 AM - Early Days at RHIC: T. Ludlam (20+5)
9:50 AM - New Forms of QCD Matter Discovered at RHIC, M. Gyulassy (and L. McLerran, 30+5)
10:25 AM - What RHIC Experiments and Theory tell us about Properties of the Quark Gluon Plasma, Edward Shuryak (20+5)

Break 10:50 - 11:15

11:15 AM - The Color Glass Condensate, J. P. Blaizot (and F. Gelis, 20+5)
11:40 AM - Hadronic Signals of Deconfinement at RHIC, Berndt Muller (20+5)
12:05 PM - Discovery of Jet Quenching and Beyond, X. N. Wang (20+5)
12:30 PM - Collective Flow Signals the Quark Gluon Plasma, H. Stocker (20+5)

Lunch 12:55 - 2:00

2:00 PM -
BRAHMS (20+10), presentation by Ian Bearden
2:30 PM -
PHENIX (30+10), presentation by Bill Zajc
Break 3:10-3:30
3:30 PM - PHOBOS (20+10), presentation by Wit Busza
4:00 PM - STAR (30+10), presentation by Raimond Snellings
4:40 PM - Observations, Nick Samios (20)

We hope that the contributions from the experimental collaborations will be written in time to be included in the final RBRC proceedings on this workshop, on or about July 15.

Workshop Secretary

Tammy Heinz
RBRC Experimental Group Secretary
BNL Bldg. 510A
Room 2-70

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Fax: 631-344-2562


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