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Title: Challenges in Accelerating and Colliding Polarized Beams (455th Brookhaven Lecture)

Abstract

At the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), scientists are investigating not only the primordial properties of the universe but also another fundamental question of particle physics: the property of "spin." A particle's spin comes from its intrinsic angular momentum and is a basic property such as charge or mass. Many existing and future high energy and nuclear physics experiments rely on accessing spin. These experiments require using beams of polarized particles, which have their spins all pointing in one direction. When used as a probe of matter, beams of polarized particles reveal details of fundamental interactions not accessible with unpolarized particles. Experiments using polarized beams also need accelerators capable of accelerating and colliding such beams while preserving polarization. Achieving this, as in so many extraordinary feats that make science discoveries possible, is easier said than done.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). Collider-Accelerator Dept.
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
1004903
Report Number(s):
BNL-83230-2010-CP
TRN: US1104179
DOE Contract Number:
AC02-98CH10886
Resource Type:
Multimedia
Resource Relation:
Conference: Brookhaven Lecture Series: 1960 - Present, Upton, NY (United States), 17 Feb 2010
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
43 PARTICLE ACCELERATORS; ACCELERATORS; ANGULAR MOMENTUM; BEAMS; BNL; HEAVY IONS; INTERACTIONS; MASS; MATTER; NUCLEAR PHYSICS; PARTICLES; PHYSICS; POLARIZATION; POLARIZED BEAMS; SPIN

Citation Formats

Ptitsyn, Vadim. Challenges in Accelerating and Colliding Polarized Beams (455th Brookhaven Lecture). United States: N. p., 2010. Web.
Ptitsyn, Vadim. Challenges in Accelerating and Colliding Polarized Beams (455th Brookhaven Lecture). United States.
Ptitsyn, Vadim. Wed . "Challenges in Accelerating and Colliding Polarized Beams (455th Brookhaven Lecture)". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1004903.
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