So this is my last post, at least for a while. Andrew Adare, a post doc on ALICE at Yale, will be the ALICE blogger for the next term. I hope you all had as much fun as I did. I especially love the questions. What I hope you got out of my posts was a better understanding of why we’re interested in lead-lead collisions and a basic understanding of the Quark Gluon Plasma. I also hope I managed to get you all excited about science in general and high energy physics in particular.
To that end, I’d like to remind you about Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Summer Sundays. This is a series of events where the lab is open to the public and gives tours focusing on different subjects. Every year there is one day focusing on the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider – this year it’s August 14th. It’s still early enough to plan a trip out to Long Island to see it! You’ll get to see the collider and the experiments and your guides are physicists working on the experiments. Most national laboratories have outreach programs, so if you’re near a national laboratory, it’s worth seeing what public outreach programs they have. Many will do school tours, too. And for undergraduates, there are paid summer internship programs at national labs.
Now I’ll turn it over to Andrew, your new guide to the exciting realm of heavy ion physics. Welcome, Andrew!