News : LHC Heavy-ion run starts
On Wednesday 25 November 2015 the LHC started providing collisions of stable beams of lead nuclei at a centre-of-mass energy 5.02 TeV per colliding nucleon pair. This is the beginning of the heavy-ion run for 2015, which will last until mid-December.
One of the first events from lead-lead collisions at a centre-of-mass energy 5.02 TeV per nucleon pair recorded by ALICE.
ALICE is the acronym for A Large Ion Collider Experiment, one of the largest experiments in the world devoted to research in the physics of matter at an infinitely small scale. Hosted at CERN, the European Laboratory for Nuclear Research, this project involves an international collaboration of more than 1500 physicists, engineers and technicians, including around 350 graduate students, from 154 physics institutes in 37 countries across the world. The ALICE Experiment is going in search of answers to fundamental questions, using the extraordinary tools provided by the LHC:
This website aims both at introducing non-initiates to the field of physics covered by ALICE and at providing regular information on the evolution of the experiment, with detailed reports of its results and analysis. It also offers an insight into the scientific community gathered around this project and highlights its contributions to the advancement of our understanding of the universe. So, no matter what your involvement with physics, you are invited to tumble down the rabbit hole into the wonderland of ALICE.
Photo of the Alice Detector in early 2008.
Aerial view of the ALICE site in the territory of Sergy, (France, Ain), 2 km from CERN and the Swiss border (access from St-Genis-Pouilly, Point 2 LHC).