The ePIC (electron-proton/ion collider) project is a planned particle detector for the electron-ion collider (EIC) to be built at Brookhaven, New York. This experiment will collide an 18GeV electron beam with 275GeV protons. The detector will record all the particles flying out from the collision point in all directions to reconstruct the processes at play.
The experiment will produce detailed pictures of the inner structure of protons and nuclei, letting us better understand how quarks and gluons bind together through the strong nuclear interaction. It will search for and study new types of matter created in high-energy collisions like the hypothesized colour-glass condensate, and further our understanding of the quark gluon plasma created immediately after the Big Bang. Polarised beams will allow it to probe the inner structure of the proton to help find answers to questions such as how the angular momentum of quarks and gluons inside the proton combine to give the overall spin.
Oxford are working on the design for silicon tracker detectors and necessary mechanics and powering, as well as background studies.