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July 13 - August 3, 2014



Atom-Smashing Fun!

Visit the Northeast’s largest particle accelerator where physicists study what the universe may have looked like in the first few moments after its creation. Visit particle detectors as big as a house. Enjoy the “Phenomenal Physics with Mr. Fish” show.


Facility Visit*


Berkner Hall - Room B
Overviews and bus tickets provided every 20 min.
Last facility visit at 3 p.m.

Take a walk into the tunnel that houses RHIC’s twin accelerators and see where ion beams travel near the speed of light. Visit PHENIX and STAR, two detector experiments bigger than a house and learn about conditions that existed in the universe a microsecond after the Big Bang.


Enjoy The “Phenomenal Physics with Mr. Fish” Show

Noon, 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m.

Berkner Hall Auditorium
Be sure to arrive early as the auditorium fills quickly!


Stump The Physicist

11:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:45 p.m.

Berkner Hall - Room C
Have questions about basic energy, physics or our RHIC facility? Ask a physicist!


Hands On Science Fun!

All Day

Berkner Hall - Room D
Fire electron beams into a virtual 3D simulator of the proposed eRHIC accelerator!

Berkner Hall - Room D
Send electrons into orbit with the e/m Helmholtz coil device; discover the amazing properties of magnets!

Berkner Hall - Lobby
Velocity up; pressure down! Experience the Bernoulli Principle in action or make your hair stand on end with our Van de Graaff generator!


*Appropriate for ages 10 and over

photo of PHENIX detector