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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.
Strange Brew: Probing the Flow of (Strange) Quarks With Identified Particles
by Jamie Dunlop
At the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), gold nuclei are collided at high energy to produce a state of hot, dense matter as it existed in the first few microseconds of our universe. This matter appears to flow strongly, behaving almost as a perfect fluid. This unexpected property of the matter created at RHIC has led to great excitement both inside our community and in the greater scientific community. More...
Transfer to RCF by Tom Throwe
300 Megabytes per second, or the contents of an audio CD in two seconds, or the contents of a DVD in 20 seconds--that is the rate at which data is being transferred from the RHIC experiments to the RHIC Computing Facility (RCF). Data from the PHENIX and STAR experiments start out as signals in their detectors. These signals are collected by the Front End Electronics (FEE) attached to the detectors and the readout of these FEE modules are assembled by the Data Acquisition systems of the two experiments. The resulting events are stored in files on disks arrays in the PHENIX and STAR Counting Houses until they are ready to be transferred to the Mass Storage System of the RCF More...
The RHIC Spin Collaboration: Who We Are & What We Do by Abhay
RHIC spin collaboration (RSC) is unlike any other "collaboration" at RHIC/BNL. It comprises of people interested in the RHIC Spin physics from all aspects of the program: the accelerator physicists from the Collider Accelerator Divisions (CA), the experimentalists from PHENIX, STAR, BRAHMS detector collaborations, the specialists in high energy beam polarimetry, and the theorists around the world who help us interpret the RHIC Spin data. There are no formal requirements to be a member of the RHIC spin collaboration other than being interested in the RHIC Spin program and curious of the spin structure of the proton. More...