On this week's podcast, I visit Brookhaven National Lab's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, a machine that recreates the conditions of the universe a microsecond after the Big Bang. I got a chance to meet the scientists while they were taking data, and see what they see. However that also meat that I didn't get a chance to see any of the detectors in person because they were busy doing what they were designed to do, detecting particle collisions.
|Behind this concrete barrier is our first stop, the STAR detector. When the accelerator is turned off and the detector is being serviced, it's rolled out into the high bay for technicians to tune it.|
|The control room of STAR. From here, the raw data from millions of particle collisions pours in through here.|
|There are rows and rows of servers like this leading into the PHENIX detector. Tracking millions of particles every second takes a lot of computing power.|
|The door that leads to the PHENIX detector. For a sense of scale, there's an average sized door in the lower right portion of the photo.|
|The PHENIX detector after being taken out of its tunnel for maintenance.|
Image: Brookhaven National Lab.