Recent Results from RHIC
Cyclotron Institute, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas USA
During the 2010 and 2011 RHIC runs, significant running time was devoted to examine Au+Au collisions over a broad range of energies from 7.7 to 200 GeV per nucleon-nucleon pair. This energy scan was designed to search for turn-off of the new phenomena that characterize the quark-gluon plasma at RHIC, and to look for evidence for the QCD critical point and first-order phase transition that are expected at finite baryon chemical potential. Identified particle spectra, flow, correlations, and fluctuations have all been measured. In parallel, measurements of heavy flavor production and flow fluctuations in 200 GeV Au+Au collisions have provided new insights into the properties of the QGP, while studies of correlations in d+Au collisions at forward rapidities have provided evidence for gluon saturation. An overview of these recent results will be presented.