RHIC Collides Helium-3 and Gold in a Flawless ‘Run of Firsts’

The familiar lighter-than-air gas filling birthday balloons has a rare isotope: a nucleus consisting of two protons and a single neutron called helium-3. But instead of using this gas for fanciful decorations, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory made use of its interesting triangular shape in a new series of…

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