Accelerating Particles Accelerates Science…
THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. RHIC IS UNDER PRESSURE BECAUSE OF U.S. BUDGETARY CONSTRAINTS. RHIC, THE RELATIVISTIC HEAVY ION COLLIDER, IS THE LAST GREAT PARTICLE ACCELERATOR IN THE U.S. IT CONTINUES TO DO CUTTING EDGE BASIC RESEARCH.
March 13, 2013
Karen McNulty Walsh
“Tackling the most challenging problems in accelerator science attracts the world’s best and brightest to Brookhaven Lab. It’s only natural that ideas and techniques born here take root in new research facilities around the world — and spark a host of spin-off applications for industry, medicine, national security, and more.
Twin accelerators: RHIC is really two accelerators in one — made of crisscrossing rings of superconducting magnets, enclosed in a tunnel 2.4 miles in circumference. In the two rings, beams of heavy ions are accelerated to nearly the speed of light in opposite directions, held in their orbits by powerful magnetic fields.
Some would call the
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