A physicist’s journey to the ‘critical point’ and the ‘strong force’

6 people standing in front of a large machine with lots of wires.
April 27, 2023

Helen Caines, Wright Lab professor of physics, was interviewed by Jim Shelton of Yale News in the article “A physicist’s journey to the ‘critical point’ and the ‘strong force,” discussing her search for a better understanding of subatomic phenomena. The original article, published on April 27, 2023, is linked below.

Related, the March  2023 edition of Scientific American (Sci Am 328, 3, 34-41) contains a feature article and video on this work, also linked below.  Former Wright Lab postdoctoral associate Raghav Kunnawalkam Elayavalli, now a physicist at Vanderbilt University, is quoted in the article.

The members of Wright Lab’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Group at Yale currently involved in this research with the STAR experiment at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) on Long Island are, as pictured, above (top to bottom): graduate student Andrew Tamis, postdoctoral associate Isaac Mooney, Caines, postdoctoral associate Fernando Flor, graduate student Tong Liu, and graduate student Youqi Song.

Large circular machine with many wires and many colors.

The Solenoidal Tracker at RHIC (STAR).  Image courtesy of BNL.

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