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In the Yale Group in Relativistic Heavy Ion Physics

The Yale RHI Group continues to mentor, supervise and graduate Ph.D. students and will have openings for 2 new graduate students. The group consists of two teaching faculty, one adjunct faculty and three Research Scientists, along with 3–4 postdoctoral fellows and typically ~ 5–6 Ph.D. students. Each summer we also have a couple of Yale undergraduate students working in the group.

The goal of our research is to form and study a new state of matter called the Quark Gluon Plasma (QGP). The research is experimental and at the forefront of science (see recent press). Present work (and future upgrades) focus on the STAR experiment at the RHIC collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) on Long Island (New York) and on the ALICE experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN (Geneva, Switzerland). STAR has been in operation since the year 2000 and ALICE has been taking data since 2010.

The group is actively involved in data-taking and analysis in STAR and in ALICE. We are also pursuing research and development on new detectors for nuclear and particle physics. The group is playing a leading role in the construction of new read-out chambers for the ALICE Time Projection Chamber, for installation in 2018. New graduate students can expect to work with hardware and software at Yale and on either of these experiments. These opportunities provide students with a breadth of knowledge preparing them for a range of jobs upon graduation.

For more information, please contact Professor John Harris or Professor Helen Caines.