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A Large Ion Collider Experiment

Description The ALICE Collaboration has built a dedicated heavy-ion detector to exploit the unique physics potential of nucleus-nucleus interactions at LHC energies. Our aim is to study the physics of strongly interacting matter at extreme energy densities, where the formation of a new phase of matter, the quark-gluon plasma, is expected. The existence of such a phase and its properties are key issues in QCD for the understanding of confinement and of chiral-symmetry restoration. For this purpose, we are carrying out a comprehensive study of the hadrons, electrons, muons and photons produced in the collision of heavy nuclei. Alice is also studying proton-proton collisions both as a comparison with lead-lead collisions and in physics areas where Alice is competitive with other LHC experiments.
URL http://aliweb.cern.ch/
Status Operational since 1901
Scientific Domains Physical Sciences and Engineering
Location 385 Route de Meyrin, Meyrin, 1217, Switzerland
MERIL URL http://portal.meril.eu/meril/view/facilitys/15699