Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Physics Division

Physics Division Seminars

Physics Division Seminars bring us speakers on a variety of physics related subjects. Usually these are held in the Building 6008 large Conference Room, at 3:00 pm on the chosen day, but times and locations may vary. For more information, contact our seminar chairman,

Alfredo Galindo-Uribarri
Tel (Office): (865) 574-6124  (FAX): (865) 574-1268

Thu., May 25, 2006, at 3:00 p.m. (refreshments at 2:40 p.m.)

The Glue that Binds Us All: Uncovering fundamental aspects of QCD with an Electron-Ion Collider

Raju Venugopalan, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY
Building 6008 Conference Room

Although Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD), the theory of the strong interactions, is well established, very little is known about the nature of gluonic interactions. Two outstanding puzzles that await solution are a) the gluonic content of the spin of the proton, and b) the possible formation of a high occupation number state of gluons at high energies called the Color Glass Condensate. A high energy, high luminosity, Electron Ion Collider provides unique capabilities in resolving these and other fundamental issues in QCD. We will outline plans for such a collider (called eRHIC) at BNL and describe some of the novel precision measurements that will be feasible with eRHIC.