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10.18.17Science Highlight

Tiny Tornados at the Dawn of the Universe

Swirling soup of matter’s fundamental building blocks spins ten billion trillion times faster than the most powerful tornado, setting new record for “vorticity.” Read More »

05.31.17Science Highlight

Green Light for Cool Electrons

A new high-power green-light laser generates beam-cooling electrons at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider. Read More »

04.24.17Science Highlight

The Roadmap to Quark Soup

Scientists discover new signposts in the quest to determine how matter from the early universe turned into the world we know today. Read More »

Jet Tomography of Hot Matter07.29.16Science Highlight

Jet Tomography of Hot Matter

Using fast particles to probe hot matter in nuclear collisions. Read More »

In the 1980s, scientists discovered that a proton's three valance quarks (red, green, blue) account for only a fraction of the proton's overall spin. New measurements from RHIC's PHENIX experiment reveal that gluons (yellow corkscrews) contribute as much as or possibly more than the quarks.06.06.16Science Highlight

Zooming in on Gluons' Contribution to Proton Spin

New data that "wimpy" gluons, the glue-like particles that bind quarks within protons, have a big impact on proton spin. Read More »

02.29.16Science Highlight

First Measurement of the Force that Makes Antimatter Stick Together

Antiproton pairs generated in high-energy heavy-ion collisions interact with a strong attractive force. Read More »

Colliding oblong uranium ions oriented body-to-body and tip-to-tip gives scientists a way to sort out the impact of the shape of the collision zone on their observations of particle behavior.02.29.16Science Highlight

Shape Matters in Nuclear Physics Collisions

Nuclear physicists colliding football- and sphere-shaped ions discover evidence supporting a paradigm shift in the birth of the quark-gluon plasma. Read More »

Off-center collisions of gold ions create a strong magnetic field and set up a series of effects that push positively charged particles to the poles of the football-shaped collision zone and negatively charged particles to the 11.01.15Science Highlight

Ripples Ruffle Primordial Plasma

RHIC physicists discover key evidence for a long-debated phenomenon in particle collisions. Read More »

Initial hot spots created by collisions of one, two, and three-particle ions with much larger gold ions.08.01.15Science Highlight

Discovered: Tiny Drops of “Perfect” Fluid that Existed in the Early Universe

Particles colliding at nearly light speed reveal information about the true nature of matter. Read More »

The STAR detector measures the energy and angle of the electron from the W boson decay produced in the proton-proton collision.06.01.15Science Highlight

Antiquark Makes Positive Contribution to Proton Spin

Scientists shed new light on a proton's spin, refining our understanding of nuclear physics. Read More »

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