Annual Users Meeting

June 1-5, 2009
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.

RHIC Run 9 So Far
By Eduard Pozdeyev, CAD
This operational year (also known as "RHIC Run 9") began with a 250 GeV x 250 GeV (500 GeV) polarized proton run. It was the first year of physics running with polarized protons colliding with 500 GeV total energy. Steven Vigdor, Associate Laboratory Director for Nuclear and Particle Physics, outlined the scope of this milestone run (BNL Bulletin, “2009 RHIC Run”, Vol.63 – No.9): “Physicists are interested in this higher energy because they can make measurements of polarized proton spin over an extended range of momentum of the quarks and gluons inside the proton. In particular, RIKEN physicists are interested in it because it will help them to meet a performance milestone they set for 2011 — the first measurements of W boson production in polarized proton collisions.”   More...

Three's a Charm: The Story Behind the First 'Renowned' Result From RHIC
By Gabor David, BNL
500 citations - a threshold defined by SPIRES to be where a paper becomes "renowned" - is no small feat in physics, particularly in a field as cutting edge as relativistic heavy ion physics.  The first two RHIC publications to reach this distinguished status were the PHENIX and STAR "White Papers", 100-plus page review articles summarizing dozens of important results from the first three years of RHIC operations.  More...

Third Meeting of the APS Topical Group on Hadronic Physics
By Ramona Vogt (LLNL and UC Davis)
The units of the American Physical Society (its divisions, topical groups, forums, and sections) help fulfill the APS mission to “advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics”.  The units provide opportunities for members to interact with colleagues with similar interests and to keep abreast of new developments in their specialized fields.  Communication within units is promoted through unit meetings and newsletters.  The units also organize symposia at APS meetings to encourage informal networking.  APS units also nominate their members for APS fellowships; the larger the unit, the more fellowship nominations it is allowed each year.   More...