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July 12 - August 2, 2015



Atom-Smashing Fun!*

Facility Visits

Visit PHENIX and STAR, two detector experiments bigger than a house.

Visit the Northeast’s largest particle accelerator where physicists study what the universe may have looked like in the first few moments after its creation. Visit particle detectors as big as a house. Enjoy the “Einstein Alive!” show.

Take a walk into the tunnel that houses RHIC’s twin accelerators and see where ion beams travel near the speed of light. Visit PHENIX and STAR, two detector experiments bigger than a house and learn about conditions that existed in the universe a microsecond after the Big Bang.

Bus tickets available after attending an overview in Berkner Hall, Room B. Overviews are presented every 20 minutes; last facility visit begins at 3 p.m.


Science Talk


“Discovery of the Higgs Boson: An Update,” presented by Howard Gordon, ATLAS Collaboration Chair and Deputy Chair of BNL Physics Department

11 a.m. • 12:30 p.m

Physics Building – Large Seminar Room
Howard Gordon is an expert detector developer and physicist who uses data from gigantic colliders to discover new fundamental particles.


Enjoy The “Einstein Alive!” Show

Noon • 1:30 p.m. • 3 p.m.

Berkner Hall Auditorium
Be sure to arrive early as the auditorium fills quickly!


Stump The Physicist

11:45 a.m. • 1:15 p.m. • 2:45 p.m.

Berkner Hall – Room C
Have questions about basic energy, physics or our RHIC facility? Ask a physicist!


Hands On Science Fun!

All Day

Berkner Hall –Lobby
Fire electron beams into a virtual 3D simulator of the proposed eRHIC accelerator!

Berkner Hall – Lobby
Send electrons into orbit with the e/m Helmholtz coil device; discover the amazing properties of magnets!


*Appropriate for ages 10 and over

photo of PHENIX detector