Sep 20 – 24, 2010
Aachen, Germany
Europe/Zurich timezone

Preparation for Heavy Ions in ALICE and other LHC experiments


Andrea Dainese (INFN Padova)


The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will collide lead nuclei in November 2010. Three experiments will collect data during the heavy-ion run: ALICE, which is the dedicated heavy-ion experiment, ATLAS, and CMS. After the successful commissioning and proton-proton data taking phases, these experiments will face the new challenge posed by the extreme conditions of Pb-Pb collisions, with envisaged particle production multiplicities of few thousand units. In this presentation, I will briefly introduce the physics motivations for the LHC heavy-ion program, and then discuss the experimental conditions and the preparation of the experiments for the upcoming run with lead beams. In particular, I will describe the aspects of the ALICE design that are specifically tailored to cope with the high-multiplicity environment, and I will discuss a few examples on how the ATLAS and CMS experiments, not specifically designed for this, are expected to perform and how they will adapt to the heavy-ion environment.

Primary author

Andrea Dainese (INFN Padova)

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