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Surprising Result Shocks Scientists Studying Spin

Imagine playing a game of billiards, putting a bit of counter-clockwise spin on the cue ball and watching it deflect to the right as...

High-Performance Computing Cuts Particle Collision Data Prep Time

For the first time, scientists have used high-performance computing (HPC) to reconstruct the data collected by a nuclear physics experiment—an advance that could dramatically...

Using Supercomputers to Delve Ever Deeper into the Building Blocks of...

Nuclear physicists are known for their atom-smashing explorations of the building blocks of visible matter. At the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), a particle...

Whirling Particles Are Fastest Ever Detected

The spin of the strongest tornado is a pale shadow of the vortex seen at the heart of matter colliding into a nearly perfect...
storage system

Brookhaven Lab’s Scientific Data and Computing Center Reaches 100 Petabytes of...

Imagine storing approximately 1300 years’ worth of HDTV video, nearly six million movies, or the entire written works of humankind in all languages since...
green laser

Low-Energy RHIC Electron Cooling Gets Green Light, Literally

Aligning a sequence of amplifiers and mirrors with hair-thin precision on a tabletop anchored to a steel block deep underground, scientists at the U.S....
particle detector

Heavy Particles Get Caught Up in the Flow

By teasing out signatures of particles that decay just tenths of a millimeter from the center of a trillion-degree fireball that mimics the early...
proton collisions

LHC Detects Production of Large Quantities of Strange Particles in Proton...

In an article published on April 24 in Nature Physics, the ALICE (A Large Ion Collider Experiment) international collaboration reported an abundant production of...
Quark-gluon plasmas

New Model Deepens Understanding of the Dynamics of Quark-gluon Plasmas

Quark-gluon plasmas are among the subjects that have been most extensively researched by physicists in recent times. Thanks to the largest particle accelerators in...
primordial soup

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.

How did the Proton Get Its Spin?

Calculating a proton's spin used to be an easy college assignment. In fact, Carl Gagliardi remembers answering that question when he was a physics...

sPHENIX Gets CD0 for Upgrade to Experiment Tracking the Building Blocks...

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has granted “Critical Decision-Zero” (CD-0) status to thesPHENIX project, a transformation of one of the particle detectors at...

Theory Provides Roadmap in Quest for Quark Soup ‘Critical Point’

Thanks to a new development in nuclear physics theory, scientists exploring expanding fireballs that mimic the early universe have new signs to look for...

Simulations Show Swirling Rings, Whirlpool-Like Structure in Subatomic ‘Soup’

At its start, the universe was a superhot melting pot that very briefly served up a particle soup resembling a “perfect,” frictionless fluid. Scientists...
Higgs Boson

New Results on the Higgs Boson and the Building Blocks of...

Large Hadron Collider (LHC) performance surpasses expectations; results confirm the Higgs particle, show "bump" appears to be a statistical fluctuation, and offer insight into quark-gluon plasma at high energies complementary to those explored at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC).

Scientists Model the “Flicker” of Gluons in Subatomic Smashups

Model identifies fluctuations in the glue-like particles that bind quarks within protons as essential to explaining experimental data on proton structure

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.

A View of the Colorful Microcosm Within a Proton

Probing the "color" interactions among quarks tests a theoretical concept of nature's strongest force to pave a way toward mapping protons' 3D internal structure
nuclear physics

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.

Force that Makes Antimatter Stick Together Measured

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