The pilot p-Pb run that took place in September was a success.
It showed that the LHC is ready for providing us with these
precious data. It also led to significant, I would even say,
extraordinary physics results.
So far the analysis of the data taken during the pilot run resulted in the
publication of three papers. The first two of them, namely the
charged-particle multiplicity and the charged-particle spectra, were
prepared and submitted shortly after the run. They were the
first experimental papers on p-Pb collisions at the LHC.
Very recently we also announced striking results on the di-hadron
correlations. The analysis of the data revealed a completely unexpected
double-ridge structure with so far unknown origin.
p-Pb collision seen by ALICE during the recent pilot run at the LHC
These three papers are already available on the arxiv and can be found
at the following links:
I take the occasion to congratulate all who contributed to the data
taking and its analysis!
An event display from the LHC's first ever proton-lead collisions, measured by the ALICE detector
Looking forward for the long p-Pb run that will take place at the
beginning of 2013. The analysis of these data certainly promises to be
With best regards and Seasons Greetings,
Cvetan (on behalf of the p-A Task Force)"