Future accelerator studies of high energy heavy ion collisions [electronic resource].
- Upton, N.Y. : Brookhaven National Laboratory, 1984. and Oak Ridge, Tenn. : Distributed by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Dept. of Energy.
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- Pages: 9 : digital, PDF file
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- Brookhaven National Laboratory and United States. Department of Energy. Office of Scientific and Technical Information
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- We have recently seen the rapid development of a new field of physics in which the long distance aspects of QCD may be explored in very high energy nuclear collisions: elementary properties of the strong interaction, the structure of the QCD vacuum, and the mechanism of quark confinement in hadrons may be addressed through the macroscopic behavior of nuclear matter at extreme conditions of temperature and baryon density; specifically, extended volumes of hadronic matter with energy densities greater than 10 times that of the nuclear ground state. The possibility of creating such conditions in laboratory experiments with ultra-relativistic heavy ion collisions has attracted increasing numbers of nuclear and particle physicists. The discovery and exploration of a new form of matter consisting of an extended plasma of quarks and gluons embraces the interests and techniques of both these communities, with important consequences for astrophysics as well. I will summarize the status of efforts to realize the high energy nuclear beams required to do these experiments, and describe the experimental programs which are being planned. 9 references.
- Published through SciTech Connect., 01/01/1984., "bnl-35801", " conf-8410206-2", "DE85005885", Workshop on cosmic ray and high energy gamma ray experiments for the space station ERA, Baton Rouge, LA, USA, 17 Oct 1984., and Ludlam, T.W.
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