Since the 1960s, Brookhaven Lab has made important contributions to advance positron emission tomography (PET) techniques. Today at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, scientists are using a different kind of positron tomography to probe the ultra-hot quark-gluon plasma that existed less than a second after the Big Bang.
Visit the Lab’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider – the only particle collider in the United States. Come see where physicists study what the universe may have looked like in the first few moments after its creation. Attend a science talk about the discovery of the Higgs Boson, participate in hands-on activities, try to stump a physicist, and see the “Phenomenal Physics” show! All activities are on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors 16 and older must bring a photo ID.
Brookhaven physicist Paul Sorensen describes discoveries made at the
Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider where conditions similar to what the
universe may have looked like in the first microseconds after its birth are
RHIC is in its prime, poised to address a host of compelling science questions that remain or have been raised by the important discoveries to date, the facility performance continues to improve dramatically and the user base remains energized. Read more...