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Physics Performance Reports

For scholars, the ALICE Physics Performance Reports I and II have been published by the Institute of Physics, Journal of Physics G: Nuclear Physics

ALICE: Physics Performance Report, Volume II

ALICE Collaboration, B. Alessandro, F. Antinori, J. A. Belikov, C. Blume, A. Dainese, P. Foka, P. Giubellino, B. Hippolyte, C. Kuhn, G. Martínez, M.Monteno, A. Morsch, T. K. Nayak, J. Nystrand, M. López Noriega, G. Paić, J. Pluta, L. Ramello, J-P Revol, K. Šafařík, J. Schukraft, Y. Schutz, E. Scomparin, R. Snellings, O. Villalobos Baillie and E. Vercellin 2006

 

J. Phys.G: Nucl. Part. Phys. 32 1295-2040

Abstract. ALICE is a general-purpose heavy-ion experiment designed to study the physics of strongly interacting matter and the quark–gluon plasma in nucleus–nucleus collisions at the LHC. It currently involves more than 900 physicists and senior engineers, from both the nuclear and high-energy physics sectors, from over 90 institutions in about 30 countries.

The ALICE detector is designed to cope with the highest particle multiplicities above those anticipated for Pb–Pb collisions (dNch/dy up to 8000) and it will be operational at the start-up of the LHC. In addition to heavy systems, the ALICE Collaboration will study collisions of lower-mass ions, which are a means of varying the energy density, and protons (both pp and pA), which primarily provide reference data for the nucleus–nucleus collisions. In addition, the pp data will allow for a number of genuine pp physics studies.

The detailed design of the different detector systems has been laid down in a number of Technical Design Reports issued between mid-1998 and the end of 2004. The experiment is currently under construction and will be ready for data taking with both proton and heavy-ion beams at the start-up of the LHC.

Since the comprehensive information on detector and physics performance was last published in the ALICE Technical Proposal in 1996, the detector, as well as simulation, reconstruction and analysis software have undergone significant development. The Physics Performance Report (PPR) provides an updated and comprehensive summary of the performance of the various ALICE subsystems, including updates to the Technical Design Reports, as appropriate.

The PPR is divided into two volumes. Volume I, published in 2004 (CERN/LHCC 2003-049, ALICE Collaboration 2004 J. Phys. G: Nucl. Part. Phys. 30 1517–1763), contains in four chapters a short theoretical overview and an extensive reference list concerning the physics topics of interest to ALICE, the experimental conditions at the LHC, a short summary and update of the subsystem designs, and a description of the offline framework and Monte Carlo event generators.

The present volume, Volume II, contains the majority of the information relevant to the physics performance in proton–proton, proton–nucleus, and nucleus–nucleus collisions. Following an introductory overview, Chapter 5 describes the combined detector performance and the event reconstruction procedures, based on detailed simulations of the individual subsystems. Chapter 6 describes the analysis and physics reach for a representative sample of physics observables, from global event characteristics to hard processes.

ALICE: Physics Performance Report, Volume I

ALICE Collaboration: F Carminati, P Foka, P Giubellino, A Morsch, G Paic, J-P Revol, K Safarík, Y Schutz and U A Wiedemann (editors)

J. Phys. G: Nucl. Part. Phys. 30 No 11 (November 2004) 1517-1763

Abstract. ALICE is a general-purpose heavy-ion experiment designed to study the physics of strongly interacting matter and the quark–gluon plasma in nucleus–nucleus collisions at the LHC. It currently includes more than 900 physicists and senior engineers, from both nuclear and high-energy physics, from about 80 institutions in 28 countries.

The experiment was approved in February 1997. The detailed design of the different detector systems has been laid down in a number of Technical Design Reports issued between mid-1998 and the end of 2001 and construction has started for most detectors.

Since the last comprehensive information on detector and physics performance was published in the ALICE Technical Proposal in 1996, the detector as well as simulation, reconstruction and analysis software have undergone significant development. The Physics Performance Report (PPR) will give an updated and comprehensive summary of the current status and performance of the various ALICE subsystems, including updates to the Technical Design Reports, where appropriate, as well as a description of systems which have not been published in a Technical Design Report.

The PPR will be published in two volumes. The current Volume I contains:

  1. a short theoretical overview and an extensive reference list concerning the physics topics of interest to ALICE,
  2. relevant experimental conditions at the LHC,
  3. a short summary and update of the subsystem designs, and
  4. a description of the offline framework and Monte Carlo generators.