Particle Identification in High Energy Collisions at RHIC

  • Brian T Love Vanderbilt University


This article provides a technical introduction to the study of collider physics by focusing on the concept of particle identification (PID). Through a general overview of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) and the Pioneering High Energy Nuclear Interaction Experiment (PHENIX), the author discusses the role of Vanderbilt University researchers in collaborative work at the Brookhaven National Laboratory. After explaining the concept of event reconstruction and centrality with graphical images of experimental results, the author outlines the time-of-flight method of particle identification in high energy physics. A final presentation of the design concept for the Multi-Gap Resistive Plate Chamber (MRPC) integrates the more traditional foundations of theoretical physics with the next generation of physics experimentation in the field.

Author Biography

Brian T Love, Vanderbilt University
Brian T. Love is a recent graduate who majored in Mathematics and Physics in the College of Arts & Science before receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in December 2004. A native of Dallas, Texas, he joined the Pioneering High Energy Nuclear Interaction Experiment (PHENIX) at the Brookhaven National Laboratory during the fall semester of his senior year. He hopes to pursue his research interest in nuclear physics at the graduate level over the next few years.
How to Cite
LOVE, Brian T. Particle Identification in High Energy Collisions at RHIC. Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Journal, [S.l.], v. 1, may 2005. ISSN 1555-788X. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 20 aug. 2019. doi:
Engineering and Natural Sciences


RHIC; PHENIX; Multi-gap Resistive Plat Chamber; MRPC; Particle Identification; event reconstruction; Time of Flight