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Sabrina Parrish
Ph: 631-344-4901
Fax: 631-344-7142
Scientific Contacts:
Sam Aronson
Abhay Deshpande

Physics Opportunities & Accelerator Challenges

October 29, 30, 2005

A two day satellite meeting immediately following PANIC05 is organized to present the status of the RHIC II and eRHIC projects. The meeting will provide an overview of the exciting physics opportunities and the accelerator challenges these two projects present to the wider nuclear physics community.

RHIC II entails an upgrade of the existing Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, implementing electron cooling of the heavy ion beams to provide an order of magnitude increase in luminosity. Enhanced and entirely new detector capabilities will be essential to harvest the new and rich physics discovered by the early RHIC data. This will enable precision measurements of the rare processes in heavy ion collisions, including heavy flavor production, hard scattering and observation of electromagnetic probes.

The eRHIC project envisions construction of a high intensity 10 GeV polarized electron/positron beam facility in form of either an electron storage ring or an energy-recovering electron LINAC to enable polarized e-p and un-polarized e-A collisions with one of the RHIC hadron beams. At least one new detector will be built for precision measurements of deep inelastic scattering in a novel QCD environment. These measurements will address diverse topics such as spin structure of the nucleon, parton distributions in nucleons and nuclei in a large range of kinematics, with special focus on the gluons distribution at low x.

The goal of this meeting is to inform the wider nuclear physics community on the future of RHIC as well as to stimulate interest in current and future RHIC physics goals.

Information about registration and scientific agenda will soon be made available.


S. Aronson (Chair), A. Deshpande (Co-Chair), D. Kharzeev, D. Lowenstein, T. Ludlam, S. Mioduszewski, T. Roser, P. Steinberg, T. Ullrich, R. Venugopalan, W. Vogelsang.

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