I joined ALICE more than ten years ago and have followed all the exciting phases up to the commissioning of the detector, with my group actively involved in the construction of the Silicon Strip Detector. During my previous experience at the TRIUMF laboratory in Vancouver, where I worked both for my M.Sc. and Ph.D. thesis, I have been introduced to the topic of medium modification of particle properties which I am now continuing with ALICE.
At TRIUMF, by bombarding nuclei with pions and looking at the pion-induced pion production just above the threshold, we early realized that the di-pion invariant mass was modified by the nuclear medium. Something similar is what we currently study by looking in resonances with ALICE: any modification, for example in the mass or in the production yield of resonances, could be an effect of the hot and dense medium between chemical and kinetic freeze-out. The Resonances PAG, part of the Light-Flavour PWG, is actively reconstructing meson and baryon resonances with the aim of exploring the properties of hot nuclear medium.
After a couple of years digging for baryon resonances and publishing results - activity which is still ongoing - I am now enthusiastically looking forward to the second run of the LHC. This is why I am now patiently taking classes and training to refresh my knowledge of the ALICE detector and infrastructures, with the aim of contributing to the shifts. We share the hope that Run2 will bring new insights and, maybe, unexpected results in our field that still remains "terra incognita".