12-18 August 2012
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Upgrade of the ALICE Experiment

17 Aug 2012, 14:40



Thomas Peitzmann (University of Utrecht (NL))


At the LHC the ALICE experiment is taking data in p+p, p+A and A+A collisions, which is providing unique insights on strongly interacting matter at an unprecedented energy density. Many important questions in heavy-ion physics will, however, remain unanswered in this first running period up to 2017. Only by increasing the luminosity beyond 10^27 and exploiting recent advances in technology ALICE will be able to address the new and remaining scientific challenges. ALICE is therefore setting up a program of detector upgrades, to be installed in the LHC shutdown planned for 2018. The planned upgrades will give access to otherwise unreachable rare processes, in particular observables involving heavy quarks and quarkonia at low transverse momentum, but also low-mass dileptons, selected topics in photon-jet physics with identified particles, and the search for heavy nuclear states. The potential of unique low-x measurements is also investigated. We will discuss examples of the scientific frontiers and the strategy of ALICE to address them. We will include an overview of the specific upgrade projects under study for the ALICE experiment.

Primary author

Collaboration ALICE (CERN, Geneva, Switzerland)


Thomas Peitzmann (University of Utrecht (NL))

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