First Measurements of Hypernuclei Flow at RHIC
Particle collisions offer new way to study interactions of hyperon particles with ordinary nuclear building blocks, potentially giving insight into the properties of neutron stars
RHIC Gets Ready to Smash Gold Ions for Run 23
New sPHENIX detector and a range of upgraded components at STAR will see full-energy heavy-ion collisions for the first time
Matter at the Dawn of Time
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 created.
Breakthrough: RHIC Explores Matter at the Dawn of Time
April 24, 2012
(Separate print interview at http://energy.gov/articles/lab-breakthrough-exploring-matter-dawn-time). Physicist Paul Sorensen describes discoveries made at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), a particle accelerator at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory. At RHIC, scientists from around the world study what the universe may have looked like in the first microseconds after its birth, helping us to understand more about why the physical world works the way it does -- from the smallest particles to the largest stars.
A breakthrough particle accelerator based on RHIC infrastructure will collide electrons with heavy ions or protons at nearly the speed of light to create rapid-fire, high-resolution “snapshots” of the force binding all visible matter. Read more...