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Physics Fellowship Program

The RIKEN BNL Research Center offers a Fellow system at Brookhaven's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) allowing joint appointments with universities and research laboratories throughout the world, enabling talented researchers to hold tenure track positions at their home institution as well as a Fellow position with the Center.

This system was established to increase the research potential of the Center and to disseminate its research activities and results. To date, nine RHIC Physics Fellows have received the U.S. Department of Energy Outstanding Junior Investigator Award and over 50 Fellows have received tenure at their home institutions since the inception of the program.

Institutions interested in initiating a new RHIC Physics Fellow position may obtain details on how to proceed by contacting Maureen McNeill-Shea, 1(631) 344-2758.

RBRC Research Groups


D. Kharzeev, Group Leader

This group conducts QCD related research that includes heavy ion physics, the quark gluon plasma, color glass condensate and hard QCD/spin physics.


T. Izubuchi, Group Leader

This group's mission is to solve the dynamics of QCD from first principle lattice simulations using in-house computer resources.


Y. Akiba, Group Leader

This group studies the spin structure of the proton via polarized p+p collisions at RHIC as well as the properties of quark gluon plasma.

The RIKEN BNL Research Center is part of Brookhaven's Nuclear & Particle Physics Directorate.

  1. OCT



    RIKEN BNL Research Center Workshop

    QCD Spin Physics: A Symposium to Honor Jacques Soffer

    October 3-4, 2019

  2. NOV



    RIKEN BNL Research Center Workshop

    Streaming Readout V

    November 13-15, 2019

  1. AUG



    RIKEN Lunch Seminar

    "Quantum Black Hole Entropy from 4d Supersymmetric Cardy formula"

    Presented by Masazumi Honda, Cambridge

    12 pm, Building 510, Room 2-160

    Thursday, August 29, 2019, 12:00 pm

    Hosted by: Yuta Kikuchi

    I will talk about supersymmetric index of 4d N=1 supersymmetric theories on S^1xM_3 which counts supersymmetric states. In the first part, I will discuss a general formula to describe an asymptotic behaviour of the index in the limit of shrinking S^1 which we refer to as 4d (refined) supersymmetric Cardy formula. This part is based on arXiv:1611.00380 with Lorenzo Di Pietro. In the second part, I will apply this formula to black hole physics. I will mainly focus on superconformal index of SU(N) N=4 super Yang-Mills theory which is expected to be dual to type IIB superstring theory on AdS_5 x S^5. We will see that the index in the large-N limit reproduces the Bekenstein-Hawking entropy of rotating charged BPS black hole on the gravity side. Our result for finite N makes a prediction to the black hole entropy with full quantum corrections. The second part is based on arXiv:1901.08091.

  2. SEP



    NT/RIKEN Seminar


    Presented by Shailesh Chandrasekharan, Duke University

    2 pm, Building 510, CFNS Seminar Room 2-38

    Friday, September 6, 2019, 2:00 pm

    Hosted by: Niklas Mueller

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