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Since 2000, RHIC – for Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider – has pushed gold ions to near-light speeds around a 2.4-mile racetrack at Brookhaven National Laboratory. This is an image from the collider's Star detector.

A smashing success

December 30th, 2014 Updated: December 30th, 2014

The world’s particle colliders unite to share and analyze massive volumes of data.


A model of a nanocluster comprised of 11 gold atoms with attached ligand atoms. (Yan Li, Brookhaven National Laboratory.)

Quantum gold

September 12th, 2013 Updated: September 12th, 2013

Driven by what’s missing in experiments, Brookhaven’s Yan Li applies quantum mechanics to compute the physical properties of materials.



Seeing beyond 3-D

December 28th, 2011 Updated: May 2nd, 2016

High-dimensional visualization techniques at Stony Brook and Brookhaven are helping reveal the interactions that drive climate and other complexities.


A frame from a WRF, or weather research and forecasting model, that shows an area over Oklahoma where the FASTER fast-cloud physics project will be put to the test.

In climate modeling, speed matters

November 10th, 2010 Updated: November 30th, 2011

A Brookhaven team wants to build the ‘fast physics’ behind clouds, air-suspended particles and precipitation into global climate models.


Going big to study small

March 1st, 2010 Updated: March 16th, 2011

It takes a big computer to model very small things. And, like its namesake state, New York Blue is big. Made up of 36,864 processors, the massively parallel IBM Blue Gene/L is housed at DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) on New York’s Long Island, where, among other things, it’s used to model quantum dots, or […]