STAR science for the coming decade Academic Article uri icon


  • The STAR Collaboration has identified eight key questions that will drive RHIC science during the coming decade, six of which involve ultrarelativistic heavy-ion collisions. The STAR detector, with its large acceptance tracking, calorimetry and particle identification, is an ideal tool to explore these questions. Complete answers nonetheless will require detector upgrades. Near-term upgrades, including the Heavy Flavor Tracker and the Muon Telescope Detector, will enable a rich program of heavy flavor physics. Upgrades to the forward region will enable detailed studies of the partonic structure of nuclei and the onset of gluon saturation. An additional suite of upgrades during the latter part of the decade will position STAR to make crucial measurements in e+p and e+A collisions during the early phase of the eRHIC. This paper provides an overview of the STAR decadal plan. 2011 IOP Publishing Ltd.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Gagliardi, C. A.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Gagliardi, CA

publication date

  • November 2011