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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.
The Nuclear Physics Long Range Plan: The Stakes for BNL
by Tom Ludlam
The Department of Energy and National Science Foundation are now in the final stages of a year-long effort to prepare a Long Range Plan for Nuclear Science that will set the agenda for the next ten years of U.S. research in nuclear physics. More...
Light Messengers From Heavy Quarks: What Electrons Reveal About the Medium Produced at RHIC
by Ralf Averbeck
High energy collisions of gold nuclei at RHIC produce a hot and dense phase of matter that resembles the state of the universe a few microseconds after the big bang. Remarkably, this primordial substance made of strongly interacting constituents was found to be characterized best as an almost "perfect" fluid, i.e. a medium with almost vanishing viscosity. Key observations that led to this conclusion include a strong suppression of high energy pions and other light particles, commonly interpreted in terms of energy loss of light quarks and gluons while these propagate through the medium. More...
New Director for RHIC and ATLAS Computing Facility
by Thomas Throwe
After ten years as Director of the RHIC and ATLAS Computing Facilities, Bruce Gibbard requested that a new director of the facilities be sought so that he could pursue ATLAS physics as it starts to take data. An international search for a new directory was initiated, which resulted in Michael Ernst joining BNL as the new director of the facilities on 1 February 2007. More...