May 22, 2007 Edition

Seminars and Colloquia at BNL

RHIC/AGS Time Meeting
Tuesday, May 22 and May 29, 2007
1:30 PM, Building 911

Wednesday, May 30, 2007
BSA Distinguished Lecture
Einstein's Biggest Blunder?: A Cosmic Mystery Story
Lawrence Krauss, Case-Western University
7:00 PM, Berkner Hall Auditorium

Upcoming seminars and colloquia Full Listing

Brookhaven Forum 2007: New Horizons at Colliders
May 30-June 1, 2007

Cosmology Week
June 11-15

Introductory lectures by Paul Stankus, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Cosmology for Beginners, Part 1. Prelude: GR for the Common Man

Cosmology for Beginners, Part 2. Expanding Universes

Cosmology for Beginners, Part 3. Cosmological Distances

Cosmology for Beginners, Part 4. Spatially Non-Flat Cosmologies

Cosmology for Beginners, Part 5. Inflation, Dark Energy and the Cosmological Constant

2007 RHIC & AGS Annual Users Meeting
June 18-22, 2007

Seminars and Collquia at the RIKEN BNL Research Center

None scheduled

Seminars and Colloquia at Stony Brook University

None Scheduled

Luminosity Plot

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RHIC integrated luminosity in units inverse micro barns as a function of days in Run7 for the four interaction regions together with our least optimistic predictions (dark blue dots and line) and our most optimistic predictions (grey dots and line). The least optimistic predictions are based on an extrapolation of our most successful week in Run 4, the most optimistic scenario is based on a beta* value of 0.9 m, 111 bunches, 1.1e9 ions/bunch and an average time at store of 60%. The luminosity numbers are corrected for accidental coincidences in the ZDCs.
- Angelika Drees, RHIC Run Coordinator.

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.

Associate Laboratory Director for Nuclear and Particle Physics by Sam Aronson
The following announcement was made to all employees on May 14, 2007: I am pleased to announce that, after an extensive search and interview process, Steve Vigdor has agreed to join the Laboratory as our next Associate Laboratory Director for Nuclear and Particle Physics. Steve is presently at Indiana University, where he formerly was Chair and presently is Chair-elect for the Physics Department. More...

The Physics of RHIC II By Jamie Nagle
Nuclear physics in the United States has become a very broad scientific enterprise with many fascinating, cutting edge research aspects trying to answer some of the most important questions in science. Approximately every five years the Department of Energy and National Science Foundation charges the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee (NSAC) to "conduct a new study of the opportunities and priorities for United States nuclear physics research and recommend a long range plan that will provide a framework for coordinated advancement of the Nation's nuclear science research programs over the next decade."  More...

Working for you: The RHIC & AGS Users' Center and Executive Committee by Brant Johnson
The goal of RHIC news is to "cover the breadth of the efforts at RHIC, from physics results to machine and detector development." Appropriately, most of the contributed articles are about significant accomplishments and future plans, but here I write about continuing efforts to improve our working and living conditions. More...

Cybersecurity Advisory Council by Martin Purschke
Many in the RHIC/AGS community know me from my work in PHENIX. Since the beginning of 2007, I have been the chairman of BNL's Cyber Security Advisory Council (CSAC). The mission of the council, which consists of about 25 members from ITD, the departments, and larger groups, is to work with and advise ITD and ensure that new rules and other changes have no adverse impact on our scientific work. I wanted to fill you in on what has been going on in this arena lately. More...

UEC Cybersecurity Survey by George Stephans
In response to cyber security issues, BNL management held a lab-wide security stand-down on October 5, 2006. As input to the ongoing process of evaluating the cyber security situation, the RHIC Users Executive Committee surveyed BNL users a few weeks later to learn their opinions on this important topic. The results, summarized below, were presented and discussed in a series of meetings with lab management late in 2006. As a result of those meetings, adjustments were made in the continuing process of designing and implementing changes in cyber security requirements and procedures. More...