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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.
Cooling of RHIC By Ilan Ben-Zvi
Discoveries at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) have captured worldwide attention. They’ve also raised compelling new questions about the theory that describes the interactions of the smallest known components of the atomic nucleus. To address these questions, we need to to study rare processes and thus to increase the collider’s luminosity, or the rate at which ions collide inside the accelerator. More...
Project: Upgrade of STAR TPC's Detector Electronics & DAQ by
The STAR experiment at RHIC is undergoing a series of major detector upgrades which should be completed in the following years. One of these is the upgrade of the electronics and the data acquisition system (DAQ) of its most important detector, the Time Projection Chamber (TPC). The goal is to be able to record a 1000 Hz event rate with minimal detector deadtime which represents a factor of 20 increase from today. More...
Accelerator Physics Experiments at RHIC by Fulvia Pilat
It is late at night on a Tuesday or early at sunrise on a Wednesday and the RHIC Main Control Room (MCR) is getting ready for an APEX shift: instead of the usual quiet work of the evening or owl operation crews who efficiently attend to the need of the accelerators and the RHIC physics experiments, teams of accelerator physicist start to show up. Accelerator physicists, supported by machine and system specialists as well as operators collaborate on testing the latest and newest beam techniques proposed for RHIC. More...