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A National Network Of Accelerators Dedicated To Material Irradiation (EMIR)
Hosting Legal Entity
European Organization for Nuclear Research
Coordinating Country
Type Of RI
385 Route de Meyrin, Meyrin, PO: 1217 (Switzerland), Switzerland(46.2205238342285, 6.1024374961853)
RI Keywords
Heavy-ion detector
RI Category
High Energy Physics Facilities
Scientific Domain
Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics and Mathematics

Mission and Objective

The ALICE Collaboration has built a dedicated heavy-ion detector to exploit the unique physics potential of nucleus-nucleus interactions at LHC energies. ALICE's 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, ALICE's researchers 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.


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