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Title: RHIC: What We Have Learned So Far (434th Brookhaven Lecture)

Abstract

One of the world's premiere nuclear research facilities, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven Lab is just completing its eighth year of physics operation. During the past eight years, RHIC's primary physics program has emphasized the creation, observation and explanation of nuclear matter created at temperatures and densities that last existed in the universe some 13.7 billion years ago. RHIC was built to study the strong force, which holds quarks and gluons together within the nucleus of an atom, with the goal of observing a plasma of quarks and gluons freed from the atomic nucleus. The new state of matter that was created, however, was quite different. Dr. O'Brien will discuss what RHIC scientists expected versus what they discovered, and how this finding both challenges existing theory and provides an opportunity to understand the strong force better.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). Physics Dept.
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
1005219
Report Number(s):
BNL-83209-2008-CP
TRN: US1104099
DOE Contract Number:
AC02-98CH10886
Resource Type:
Multimedia
Resource Relation:
Conference: Brookhaven Lecture Series: 1960 - Present, Upton, NY (United States), 19 Mar 2008
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; 74 ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR PHYSICS; 43 PARTICLE ACCELERATORS; BNL; GLUONS; HEAVY IONS; NUCLEAR MATTER; PHYSICS; PLASMA; QUARKS; UNIVERSE

Citation Formats

O'Brien, Edward. RHIC: What We Have Learned So Far (434th Brookhaven Lecture). United States: N. p., 2008. Web.
O'Brien, Edward. RHIC: What We Have Learned So Far (434th Brookhaven Lecture). United States.
O'Brien, Edward. Wed . "RHIC: What We Have Learned So Far (434th Brookhaven Lecture)". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1005219.
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