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q&a: RHIC and BNL

What makes RHIC unique among the other accelerators around the world?

Simply put, the C in RHIC. The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at BNL is the first accelerator to collide beams of nuclei in order to achieve the greatest energy density. Previously, nuclear physics experiments used one nuclear beam and a stationary target, and collider accelerators (such as Fermilab) only collided beams of elementary particles (e.g. protons, electrons, etc.). The Large Hadron Collider, under construction at CERN, will also collide beams of nuclei.

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