Selected topics from experimental studies at RHIC
H. Hamagaki

Major goal of the studies with ultra-high energy heavy ion collisions is to realize a new phase of hadronic matter, called quark gluon plasma, and to study properties of such exotic matter. Many new results are being reported from the experimental studies at Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA, which started operation in 2000. In this short lecture, I aim to cover the followings; (1)basic knowledge of the strong interactions, where QCD is introduced and the problem of confinement will be discussed, (2) properties of hadronic interactions, where a string model and Bjorken's picture on the space-time evolution are described, (3) QCD matter and heavy ion collisions, where QCD phase transition is introduced and heavy ion collisions are introduced as a unique tool to attack this interesting subject, and (4) topical results, where some of the results from the RHIC experiments are resented.

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