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We sat down with Brookhaven theoretical physicist Raju Venugopalan for a conversation about “color glass condensate” and the structure of visible matter in the universe. Q. We’ve heard a lot recently about a “new form of matter” possibly seen at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Europe — a state of saturated gluons called “color…

RHIC, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven Lab, found it first: a “perfect” liquid of strongly interacting quarks and gluons – a quark-gluon plasma (QGP) – produced by slamming heavy ions together at close to the speed of light. The fact that the QGP produced in these particle smashups was a liquid and not…

RHICrolled: Get Low

This is the first in an occassional series about Brookhaven’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, or, as it’s affectionately called, RHIC. Lil John has a theme song for RHIC’s latest experimental run. Sorry, sorry! I couldn’t resist. RHIC’s actual ditty of the moment goes more like this. (Clean version, of course, RHIC doesn’t want any soap…

Where can scientists collide gold ions at close to the speed of light; take photos of some of the smallest materials known to humans; decipher the structure of proteins vital to everyday life; illuminate the brains of drug and food addicts; and test materials developed for fuel cells and other clean energy technologies – all…