Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Intrepid Randy and Pierce

Randy and Pierce visiting the Intrepid on a muggy summer afternoon.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Brookhaven Lab RHIC Tour

On a hot and muggy day, Pierce and I, and two of Pierce's friends and one of their Dads, visited the celebrated Brookhaven National Lab on Long Island. On select summer Sundays the lab opens different lab facilities for public tours. Today, we had the opportunity to tour RHIC, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider. Essentially, RHIC accelerates ions (atoms stripped of their electrons) to very nearly the speed of light. The ions travel in opposing directions in a 2.4 mile tunnel under the ground, where they collide, head-on, with one another. Massive detectors record these collisions and the showers of sub-atomic particles that are emitted when they collide.

 Click on the picture below for a slide show of our visit.

From Brookhaven Lab RHIC Tour