Discovering the low energy breaking point for exotic Quark-Gluon Plasma creation

Mapping of nuclear phase changes

From United States Department of Energy July 2, 2023 A hypothesized phase diagram of nuclear matter. New data showing that high collision energies produce a quark-gluon plasma (QGP), whereas lower energy collisions do not, will help scientists draw the boundaries between QGP and the hadronic phase. Credit: Brookhaven National Laboratory Through collisions of gold nuclei … Read more

Critical point in the transformation of matter: when the universe changes its mind

Gold ion particle collision illustration

RHIC physicists are studying phase changes in nuclear matter due to collisions between gold ions to identify a critical point in these transformations. Their research, which involves recreating and examining the quark-gluon plasma transition, a state of matter present after the Big Bang, suggests that fluctuations in the formation of light nuclei could indicate this … Read more