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Mort Kaplan selected as the Deputy Council Chairperson of STAR Collaboration

photo of Solenoidal Tracker At RHIC Au +Au collision, front view Au +Au collision, side view

Mort Kaplan has been selected as the Deputy Council Chairperson of the STAR Collaboration, an international consortium of 451 Scientists/Engineers from 45 institutions. The Collaboration is engaged in the operation of the STAR Experiment at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory. The STAR (Solenoidal Tracker At RHIC) Detector has performed successfully for two recent data-taking runs involving Au + Au nuclear collisions at energies of 130 A GeV and 200 A GeV, respectively. The data analyzed so far has revealed a number of surprises, and the Experiment is on track towards its major goals of identifying signatures of Quark-Gluon Plasma (QGP) formation and the characterization of strongly interacting matter at very high energy density. Such conditions are believed to have been of great importance in the primordial chemistry of the very early universe.

March 2002

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