Recreating Primordial Matter at the LHC
- Helen Caines, Yale University
Wednesday, March 19, 4:10 PM - Nuclear Science Seminar
NSCL Lecture Hall
For one month every year the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, Geneva stops its Higgs search and by colliding ultra-relativistic heavy ions recreates conditions similar to those last seen a few microseconds after the Big Bang. The fireballs created have temperatures thousands of times hotter than the sunís core (T~2 x 10^12 K), and normal nuclear matter melts into a Quark-Gluon Plasma (QGP) consisting of liberated quarks and gluons. In ALICE we are focused on understanding the QGP's properties and how it expands, cools and finally freezes out into the hadrons that stream into our detector. I will present an overview of the current ALICE results and discuss how they fit into the picture that is emerging of this unique state of matter.