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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.
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...
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...
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...