The PHENIX Experiment at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory was designed to study the matter (called quark-gluon plasma, i.e., QGP) properties at extreme high density and temperature created in the relativistic heavy ion collisions. PHENIX stands for the Pioneering High Energy Nuclear Interaction eXperiment.

The PHENIX group at GSU consists of three faculty members (Dr. Megan Connors, Dr. Xiaochun He and Dr. Murad Sarsour) and a number of graduate students.

PHENIX started taking data in 2000 and completed its data-taking mission in 2016. The group is currently working on a few PHENIX data analyses which include gamma-hadron correlation, phi meson measurements in the forward and backward rapidities in proton+aluminum, proton+gold, helium+gold and gold+gold collisions, and b-bbar cross section measurements in proton+proton collisions at 510 GeV.

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