Assistant Professor of Physics, Dr. Megan Connors, was highlighted in a news article on the formation of the sPHENIX collaboration and the recent beam test for a prototype of the detector that Dr. Connors and others in the Nuclear Physics group at GSU have been developing.
sPHENIX is a new experiment that will be build to study the microscopic behavior of the Quark-Gluon Plasma, the state of matter of the early universe, which is produced in heavy-ion collisions at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). sPHENIX is scheduled to start taking data at RHIC in 2022 and replaces the current PHENIX detector, which completes it data taking this June. Dr. He and Dr. Sarsour at GSU have been involved in the research and development for the hadronic calorimeter for sPHENIX and Dr. Connors managed the construction of the recent prototype of it. They are looking forward to building another prototype, which will be tested in 2017, and playing a lead role in the construction of the final detector.