Issued February 1, 1999
Contact: Diane Greenberg (516) 344-2347 or Mona S. Rowe (516) 344-5056
Upton, NY - The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory will open its newest and largest scientific facility, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), to the public on Saturday, February 20, between 9:30 a.m. and noon. Free, guided one-half hour tours will take visitors through the collider's underground tunnel. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, call Arlene Waltz at (516) 344-7807 by February 16.
The $600 million collider is expected to begin operating in the summer. It will be a world-class physics research machine in which physicists from around the world will explore the basic properties of matter. In RHIC, physicists hope to recreate the conditions that existed at the time of the Big Bang, giving them a chance to find a form of matter that has not existed since the beginning of the Universe.
Brookhaven National Laboratory is located on William Floyd Parkway (County Road 46), one-and-a-half miles north of Exit 68 on the Long Island Expressway.
The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory creates and operates major facilities available to university, industrial and government personnel for basic and applied research in the physical, biomedical and environmental sciences, and in selected energy technologies. The Laboratory is operated by Brookhaven Science Associates, a not-for-profit research management company, under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.