q&a: the experiment
Among the four RHIC experiments, what is STAR's specialty?
The core of STAR was designed to measure and identify as many particles
as possible emitted perpendicular to the beam direction. For this reason,
STAR has a cylindrical geometry that surrounds the intersection of the
colliding beams. Measuring as much as possible gives STAR the ability to
study broad characteristics of the collisions. New detector systems have
recently been added (and more are planned) that will allow more specialized
studies, such as electron & photon production in nuclear
These pages are under development.