The RHIC SPIN Program: Achievements and Future Opportunities

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Time and again, spin has been a key element in the exploration of fundamental physics. Spin-dependent observables have often revealed deficits in the assumed theoretical framework and have led to novel developments and concepts. Spin is exploited in many parity-violating experiments searching for physics beyond the Standard Model or studying the nature of nucleon-nucleon forces. The RHIC spin program plays a special role in this grand scheme: it uses spin to study how a complex many-body system such as the proton arises from the dynamics of QCD. Many exciting results from RHIC spin have emerged to date, most of them from RHIC running after the 2007 Long Range Plan. In this document we present highlights from the RHIC program to date and lay out the roadmap for the significant advances that are possible with future RHIC running.

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  • Aschenauer, E-C; Bazilevsky, A; Diehl, M; Drachenberg, J; Eyser, KO; Fatemi, R; Gagliardi, C; Kang, Z; Kovchegov, YV; Lajoie, J; Lee, J-H; Nocera, E-R; Pitonyak, D; Prokudin, A; Sassot, R; Seidl, R; Sichtermann, E; Sievert, M; Surrow, B; Stratmann, M; Vogelsang, W; Vossen, A; Wissink, SW; Yuan, F