(from Broad RAnge Hadron Magnetic
Spectrometers) is one of the four experiments at RHIC
(Relavistic Heavy Ion Collider)
situated at BNL
(Brookhaven National Laboratories).
RHIC, the world's first heavy-ion collider, became
fully operational in July 2000. RHIC is capable of
accelerating two countercirculating beams of ions as heavy as
Gold, up to energies of 100 GeV per nucleon. Each Gold on
Gold collision at the highest energy creates a 'Little Big
Bang'--producing around 10,000 particles.
BRAHMS consists of two high precision magnetic
spectrometers. The detector systems in the spectrometers make
it possible to dentify and characterize charged particles over
a large range in momentum and rapidity. A group of about 15
physicists, students, and technicians from NBI
participate in BRAHMS.