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Physics Prospects at ALICEat LHC

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 21999

  • Start date

    1 January 2006

  • End date

    31 December 2007

Funded under:

FP6-MOBILITY

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom

Objective

The ALICE experiment is a highly complex project involving about 1000 physicists from around the world. Both India and the United Kingdom are involved in it. The main aim of the project is to study the properties of the Quark-Gluon Plasma (QGP), a new form of matter which exists at extremely high energy densities. In ALICE, this will be achieved by colliding lead ions together in order to form tiny fireballs with temperatures of up to one million times that of the centre of the Sun.

The main purpose of my work at Birmingham would be dedicated to physics analysis, where simulations can already be used in preparation for real data. I aim to take a major role in the physics analysis programme currently underway at Birmingham, which is studying the production of short-lived resonances. The lifetimes of these particles are similar to that of the fireball itself, and their properties tell us much about the properties of the fireball and the QGP. It may also be possible to use them as an indicator for whether a second phase transition involving a phenomenon called "chiral symmetry restoration" has taken place.

Birmingham is also responsible for the design and construction of the Central Trigger Processor (CTP). I would also aim to be involved in this project, in two ways. On a practical level I am interested in the design of a web-based graphical interface allowing control of the CTP. In addition, I am interested in studying the tuning of the trigger to optimise trigger rates for data taking. Many processes can be measured, and their contribution to the overall data rate must be tuned by scaling factors to achieve the most efficient physics analysis. I am interested in this project as I wrote the original trigger simulation program some six years ago.

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

Address

Edgbaston
Birmingham

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 21999

  • Start date

    1 January 2006

  • End date

    31 December 2007

Funded under:

FP6-MOBILITY

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom