The ALICE Experiment: A journey through QCD

Review paper


After a major upgrade, the ALICE experiment has started to record Run 3 proton–proton collisions in July 2022. The next full-scale data-taking of lead–lead collisions is planned for 2023, with a proposed pilot run expected for late 2022. Besides further smaller-scale but highly innovative upgrades for the next LHC long shutdown, the ALICE collaboration has prepared a proposal for a completely new detector to be operated in the 2030s. The new detector will open up even more new avenues of exploration, including the study of correlations between charm particles, of chiral-symmetry restoration in the QGP, and of the time-evolution of the QGP temperature.

Further reading: ALICE collaboration, arXiv:2211.04384

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