October 9, 2007

Seminars and Colloquia at Brookhaven National Laboratory

Friday, October 12, 2007
Nuclear Physics & RIKEN Theory Seminar
"Some Problems with Computing the Jet Quenching Parameter from AdS/CFT"
Justin Vazquez-Poritz, Baruch College
2:00 PM, Small Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

Wednesday, October 17, 2007
C-AD Accelerator Physics Seminar
"Report on the 2007 Workshop on Accelerator Operatons"
P. Ingrassia. G. Marr, F. Pilat, and P. Sampson, C-AD, BNL
4:00 PM, Large Conference Room, Bldg. 911B

Friday, October 19, 2007
Symposium to Celebrate 60 Years of Discovery at Brookhaven National
William Zajc, Columbia University
Nicholas Samios, BNL

Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Brookhaven Lecture
"How Big Science Came to Long Island: The Birth of Brookhaven Lab"
Robert Crease, Stony Brook University
4:00 PM, Berkner Auditorium

Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Brookhaven Lecture
Mike Blaskiewicz, BNL

Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Brookhaven Lecture
"Recombinant Science: The Birth of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider"
Robert Crease, Stony Brook University
4:00 PM, Berkner Auditorium

Seminars and Collquia at the RIKEN BNL Research Center
None scheduled

Seminars and Colloquia at Stony Brook University

Tuesday, October 9
Physics & Astronomy Colloquium
Journey to the Core of an Accreting Neutron Star
Ed Brown, Michigan Univ.
4:15 PM, P-137 Harriman Hall

Upcoming Conferences and Meetings

XII International Conference on Hadron Spectroscopy (HADRON 2007)
October 8-13, 2007
Frascati, Italy

2007 Annual Meeting of the Division of Nuclear Physics of the American Physical Society
October 10-13, 2007
Newport News, Virginia

Thursday, October 11, 2007
RHIC and AGS Open Forum meeting
7:15 PM, Grand Ballroom Salon IV, Marriott Newport News at City Center,
Newport News, Virginia

Quark Matter 2008
February 4-10, 2008
Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

24th Winter Workshop on Nuclear Dynamics
April 5-12, 2008
South Padre Island, Texas

2008 Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society
April 12-15, 2008
St. Louis, Missouri

International Conference on Particle and Nuclei (PANIC08)
November 9-14, 2008
Eilat, Israel

The current schedule for C-A Department operations for RHIC Run 8. More information and the latest version can be found here under "Schedules." [enlarge figure]

Read Associate Laboratory Director Steve Vigdor's October 5, 2007, statement on the outlook for Run 8.

Arthur M. Poskanzer of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory was awarded the American Physical Society's Tom W. Bonner Prize in nuclear physics "In recognition of his pioneering role in the experimental studies of flow in Relativistic Heavy Ion Collisions." There is more information here and a history of flow in his own words in nuclear physics may be found here (ppt).

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.

Search for Magnetic Monopoles at RHIC
By Vasily Dzhordzhadze
The separate existence of two opposite electric charges is a well known phenomenon in Physics. Examples are electron - proton, positron - antiproton etc. At the same time Nature shows, that magnetic charges or magnetic poles exist only in pairs, North and South. No single magnetic poles or Magnetic Monopoles (MM) have been seen so far. Any attempt to break magnets, gives again objects with two magnetic charges. More...

BNL Physics Department Welcomes Steve Vigdor
By Sally Dawson
The Physics Department at BNL gathered on October 2 to welcome Steve Vigdor to his new position as BNL Associate Laboratory Director for Nuclear and Particle Physics. Steve replaced Peter Bond, who had previously served in this position, on September 1, 2007. The day was organized by Physics Department Chair Tom Ludlam and featured a full program of discussions of BNL Physics Department activities. The focus was on science opportunities for the future and the path towards realizing our scientific goals. More...

PHENIX VTX Group Designs, Constructs Precision Vertex Tracking System
By Eric Mannel
As the PHENIX experiment moves from the discovery phase to the detailed exploration of quark matter in the coming decade, understanding heavy-flavor production will provide key information about the earliest stages of heavy ion collisions. In order to make robust measurements of heavy-flavor production, precise vertex tracking is required to identify the decay particles from charm and beauty particles through the displacement of their trajectories from the primary collision. The PHENIX VTX group has designed and started the construction of a precision vertex tracking system (VTX) for the central arms using state-of-the-art silicon detectors. More...

Publications From RHIC Experiments in 2007
The four RHIC experiments have extended our knowledge of heavy ion collisions with a flood of results since turning on in 2001. One measure of that is the number of papers appearing in the journals of the American Physical Society, Physical Review and Physical Review Letters. The SPIRES database of physics publications helps keep track of papers in high energy and nuclear physics. So far in 2007, 26 papers have been published by the four collaborations. More...