by Virginia Greco. Published: 02 February 2017

ALICE will participate in the XXVI edition of the Quark Matter international conference on ultrarelativistic heavy-ion collisions, to be held in Chicago, February 5-11, 2017, with 28 talks and over 60 posters.


ALICE scientists are warming up and preparing their suitcases to attend Quark Matter 2017, the 26th edition of the most important international conference on ultrarelativistic heavy-ion collisions. Almost every year since 1979 theoretical and experimental physicists from around the world meet on the occasion of the QM conference to discuss new developments in heavy-ion physics.

This year the conference will take place in Chicago during the period February 5-11, 2017. Sunday 5 is a day fully dedicated to students, with a whole series of introductory lectures. On Monday 6, after the welcome speech from the organizers, a sequence of plenary sessions will take place, in which all the experiments pursuing research in the field will provide a general overview of their research and latest results. Anthony Robert Timmins will report on the activities of ALICE in the morning at 11:30 CST (18:30 CET: Geneva time).

The programme of the following days includes a plethora of presentations on a variety of topics, spanning QCD at high temperature, QGP in small systems, initial state physics, collective dynamics, correlations and fluctuations, electroweak probes, jets, quarkonia and others. Four parallel sessions will be run on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 and plenaries on the last two days. A session on Monday afternoon will be also dedicated to posters and a few of them will be awarded a prize and the authors invited to give a flash talk on Saturday 11.

In addition to the conference banquet and a set of excursions among which to choose, the social programme includes a public lecture by Rocky Kolb entitled “From Quarks to Cosmos”, which will take place on Thursday 9 evening.

The ALICE will have a strong presence  with 28 contributed talks and over 60 posters. Several new results from the higher energy and luminosity samples of pp, p-Pb and Pb-Pb collisions of the LHC Run2 will be presented. Production and flow coefficients of light flavour and strange hadrons measured in Pb-Pb collisions at 5 TeV will be discussed, as well as strange meson and baryon yields as a function of multiplicity in pp at 13 TeV. The production of open heavy flavour (D, Ds and leptons, with v2) and of charmonia (with J/ψ v2) and bottomonia in Pb-Pb collisions at 5 TeV, of J/ψ in Pb-Pb UPC, and of J/ψ in the recent p-Pb run at 8 TeV and in high-multiplicity pp collisions at 13 TeV will be reported. New results from Run1 data will also be presented, including detailed jet shape studies (jet mass and N-subjettiness) and multi-particle correlation studies targeting flow correlations and the chiral magnetic effect. The progress towards the major detector upgrade in 2019-20 will also be reviewed.

The conference will conclude on Saturday lunch time with a presentation of the next Quark Matter conference.

Timetable of ALICE talks at Quark Matter 2017.