Released 10/6/98

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About 300 invitees assembled in Brookhaven National Laboratory's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) Magnet Facility to celebrate the successful completion of a seven-year, $165-million magnet project, requiring 70 million feet of superconducting wire and 929,500 technician-hours.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), RHIC - Brookhaven's new collider - will use 1,740 superconducting magnets to guide beams of subatomic particles around its 2.5-mile underground tunnel when it starts operating in the summer of 1999.

After designing and fabricating the first group of prototype magnets, the Brookhaven researchers and technicians subsequently built about 600 of them, and the balance were manufactured by Northrop Grumman Corporation of Bethpage, New York, and Everson Electric Company of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Among those celebrating the completion of magnet production, a major milestone in RHIC construction, are (starting fourth from left) DOE Director of the Office of Energy Research Martha Krebs, RHIC Project Director Satoshi Ozaki, Acting Director of DOE's Nuclear Physics Division Dennis Kovar, and (directly behind Ozaki) Brookhaven Lab Director John Marburger. RHIC's chief scientific goal is to replicate in microcosm a state of matter that has not existed since microseconds after the Big Bang.