Jul 5 – 12, 2017
Venice, Italy
Europe/Zurich timezone
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Strangeness production in Pb-Pb collisions with ALICE at the LHC

Jul 6, 2017, 4:45 PM
Room Mangano (Palazzo del Casinò)

Room Mangano

Palazzo del Casinò

Parallel Talk Heavy Ion Physics Heavy ion physics


Peter Kalinak (Slovak Academy of Sciences (SK))


We present new ALICE results on the production of strange and multi-strange hadrons in Pb-Pb collisions at the top LHC energy of $\sqrt{s_{\rm NN}}$ = 5.02 TeV.
Strangeness production measurements are powerful tools for the study of the thermal properties of the deconfined state of QCD matter, the Quark-Gluon Plasma.
Thanks to its unique tracking and PID capabilities, ALICE is able to measure weakly decaying particles through the topological reconstruction of the identified hadron daughters.
Transverse momentum spectra of $K_{0}^{S}$, $\Lambda$, $\Xi$ and $\Omega$ at central rapidity are presented as function of the collision centrality.
The so-called baryon anomaly in the ratio $\Lambda/K_{0}^{S}$ is examined to probe particle production mechanisms: the position of the peak is sensitive to recombination processes, the high $p_{\rm T}$ part can provide revealing insights on fragmentation and, finally, the steepness of the rising trend featuring for $p_{\rm T} \leq$ 2 GeV/$c$ can be connected to the hydrodynamic expansion of the system.
In order to study strangeness enhancement, hyperon yields are normalised to the measurements of pion production in the corresponding centrality classes.
Comparisons to lower energy results as well as to different collision systems will be shown. This offers a complete experimental picture that is used as a benchmark for several commonly adopted phenomenological models, such as the thermal-statisical hadronisation approach.

Experimental Collaboration ALICE

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