March 11, 2008

Annual Users Meeting

May 27-30, 2008
Brookhaven National Laboratory

Seminars and Colloquia at Brookhaven National Laboratory

Thursday, March 13, 2008
C-AD End of Run Party
4:00 PM, Building 911

Friday, May 2, 2008
Neutrino Helicity at 50: A Celebration of the Goldhaber-Grodzins-Sunyar Experiment
Large Seminar Room, Building 510

May 6-7, 2008
Workshop on Theory meets Experiment: Theory-Experiment Collaboration for Hot QCD Matter (TECHQM)

Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Nuclear Physics Seminar
"Hard probes in AdS/CFT"
Silviu S. Pufu, Princeton University
11:00 AM, Small Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

Thursday, March 13, 2008
Particle Physics Seminar
"Initial State Radiation Physics at BaBar"
David Muller, SLAC
3:00 PM, Small Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

Friday, March 14, 2008
C-AD Accelerator Physics Seminar
"Phases of QCD Matter and Heavy Ion Collisions"
Agnes Mocsy, RIKEN BNL Research Center
4:00 PM, Large Conference Room, Bldg. 911B

Friday, March 14, 2008
Nuclear Physics & RIKEN Theory Seminar
"Quarkonia propagation in a thermal medium"
Claudia Ratti, Stony Brook University
2:00 PM, Small Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Physics Colloquium
"Developments in charm quark mesons: chaos, confusion and craziness"
Ted Barnes,
3:30 PM, Large Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

Thursday, March 20, 2008
Particle Physics Seminar
"New Physics searches at BaBar"
Swagato Banerjee, University of Victoria
3:00 PM, Small Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

Seminars and Colloquia at the RIKEN BNL Research Center

Hydrodynamics in Heavy Ion Collisions and QCD Equation of State
April 21-22, 2008

Understanding QGP through Spectral Functions and Euclidean Correlators
April 23-25, 2008

Seminars and Colloquia at Stony Brook University

Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Nuclear and Heavy Ion Physics Seminar
Raphael Granier de Cassagnac, LLR at École Polytechnique
4:00 PM, Grad. Physics, C-133

June 13, 2008
Perspectives in Particle Physics: A Symposium for Paul Grannis’ 70th Birthday
University at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY

Upcoming Conferences and Meetings

3rd International Workshop on High-pT Physics at LHC
March 16-19, 2008
Tokaj, Hungary

DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee Meeting
March 17, 2008
Washington, D.C.

24th Winter Workshop on Nuclear Dynamics
April 5-12, 2008
South Padre Island, Texas

2008 Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society
April 12-15, 2008
St. Louis, Missouri

2008 ECT* Doctoral Training Programme
Nuclear Matter under Extreme Conditions
April 28-July 18, 2008
Trento, Italy

4th Electron-Ion Collider Workshop
May 19-23, 2008
Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia

Second International Workshop on Transverse Polarisation Phenomena in Hard Processes
(Transversity 2008)
May 28-31, 2008
Ferrara, Italy

Hard Probes 2008
June 8-14, 2008
Hotel Louxo, Illa de A Toxa, Galicia, Spain

Hot Quarks 2008
August 18-23, 2008
Estes Park, Colorado

International Workshop on Diffraction in High-Energy Physics
September 9-14, 2008
La Londe-les-Maures, France

6th Balkan School on Nuclear Physics
September 17-24, 2008
Troyan, Bulgaria

18th International Spin Physics Symposium
October 6-11, 2008
Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.

International Conference on Particle and Nuclei (PANIC08)
November 9-14, 2008
Eilat, Israel

Nu Xu of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has been elected spokesman of the STAR experiment, succeeding Tim Hallman of Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Welcome to RHIC News

We hope that this web publication will in some small measure reflect the excitement of the RHIC and AGS program at Brookhaven, as explained by some of the people who are doing the experiments, analyzing the data, and writing the papers.

Quark Matter 2008
By Ajit Mohanty
The Quark Matter 2008 conference was held from 4-10 February 2008 at Birla auditorium and convention centre in Jaipur which is about 260 km away from Delhi. The pink city Jaipur is a famous tourist place known for forts, palaces, architectural marvels and tales of valor. It was the twentieth in the series of international conferences on ultra relativistic nucleus-nucleus collisions and was attended by over 400 scientists from all over the world. More...

Highlights From PHENIX I
By Achim Franz
More than 20 years ago, at Quark Matter 1987 in Nordkirchen, Germany, the first data from the CERN SPS heavy ion program were presented [1]. At that time the emphasis was on global observables like overall multiplicity, transverse energy flow, or even collision size and shape via HBT interferometry.  More...

Highlights from PHENIX II: Photons and Leptons
By Terry Awes
The PHENIX experiment at RHIC was designed with emphasis on the measurement of leptons and photons. Photons and leptons are of special interest because they are penetrating probes that do not undergo strong interactions and therefore are unlikely to interact with the dense matter produced in heavy-ion collisions. Thus, they carry information about the system at the time of their production, throughout the entire evolution of the collision. More...

STAR QM08 Highlights I: Characterizing the new state of matter discovered at RHIC
By Tim Hallman, STAR Collaboration
The discovery phase at RHIC has yielded overwhelming evidence for the creation of a new state of matter in central heavy ion collisions — the hottest and densest yet examined in the laboratory. It is highly opaque to colored probes such as quarks and gluons, but not to photons. Elliptic flow measurements suggest the matter behaves as a relativistic quantum liquid with minimal shear viscosity. More...

STAR QM08 Highlights II: STAR Results on Medium Properties and Response of the Medium to Energetic Partons
By Bedangadas Mohanty, STAR Collaboration
After the discovery of the phenomenon of jet quenching at RHIC, the focus has been to study the properties of the medium formed in heavy ion collisions at high energy [1]. The basic approach has been to use the highly energetic partons available in the initial stages of the collisions as a probe for the properties of the subsequent medium that is formed. These partons then fragment into jets of hadrons and we look for modification to the properties of these jets. More...

In Memoriam: Zeev Fraenkel
By Itzhak Tserruya
Professor Zeev Fraenkel, one of the senior scientists and pioneers of nuclear physics in Israel, died suddenly of pneumonia on 17 February 2008 in Rehovot, Israel, four days after returning from India where he attended the last Quark Matter conference. More...