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Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider Begins Colliding High-Energy Polarized Protons; Experiments Will Probe Spin Structure Of Protons And The Nature Of The Strong Force

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December 18, 2001
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The newest and largest particle accelerator at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory is taking a break from recreating the conditions of the early universe to investigate another fundamental question that has puzzled physicists: Where do protons get their spin, a property of elementary particles as basic as mass and electrical charge? To begin to answer the question, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) has accelerated beams of polarized protons to the highest energy ever, and will begin colliding the beams this week.

UPTON, NY -- The newest and largest particle accelerator at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory is taking a break from recreating the conditions of the early universe to investigate another fundamental question that has puzzled physicists: Where do protons get their spin, a property of elementary particles as basic as mass and electrical charge? To begin to answer the question, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) has accelerated beams of polarized protons to the highest energy ever, and will begin colliding the beams this week.


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Brookhaven National Laboratory. (2001, December 18). Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider Begins Colliding High-Energy Polarized Protons; Experiments Will Probe Spin Structure Of Protons And The Nature Of The Strong Force. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 17, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/12/011218073117.htm
Brookhaven National Laboratory. "Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider Begins Colliding High-Energy Polarized Protons; Experiments Will Probe Spin Structure Of Protons And The Nature Of The Strong Force." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/12/011218073117.htm (accessed April 17, 2014).

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