The future of PHENIX: upgrading to sPHENIX and beyond
Brookhaven National Laboratory, PO Box 5000, Upton NY 11973
Published online: 29 May 2015
sPHENIX is a major upgrade to the PHENIX detector enabling high-rate, large acceptance measurements of upsilons, direct photons and fully reconstructed jets in p-p, p-A and A-A collisions at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). These detailed measurements will probe the Quark Gluon Plasma near its transition temperature, in a region of strongest coupling. The sPHENIX detector consists of hadronic and electromagnetic calorimetry, and charged particle tracking in conjunction with the recently acquired 1.5 tesla BaBar super-conducting solenoid. The sPHENIX acceptance of 2π in azimuth and |η| < 1.1 in pseudo-rapidity provides a factor of six improvement over the present PHENIX central spectrometer. Beyond being an excellent RHIC detector, sPHENIX provides an outstanding foundation for a detector focused on the physics of a possible future electron-ion collider at RHIC (eRHIC). In this talk we will discuss the physics potential of the sPHENIX detector, the design and technology choices for the sPHENIX calorimeters, and the conceptual design of a day-one detector for eRHIC.
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