ALICE Week Drinks

by Ian Randall. Published: 17 November 2010

A social event was held for the members of ALICE last Wednesday week. In keeping with tradition, ALICE collaborators celebrated this November's ALICE week - in which members meet to exchange information on ALICE's progress and future plans - by gathering in the Glass Box of CERN Restaurant 1 for a drink.

Administrative matters: the French Protocole d’accueil

ALICE successfully pilots new masterclass exercise

Words from the spokesperson

by Paolo Giubellino. Published: 17 January 2011

Dear Friends,

Let me take the opportunity of this first "ALICE Matters" of the year to wish to you all a fantastic 2011! The year which has just closed was a memorable one, with ALICE going through a series of successes which climaxed, at the very end of the year, with the heavy ion run and the magnificent burst of papers which followed. Yet it is already time to look at new challenges!


‘ALICE and the soup of quarks and gluons’ cartoon now in Dutch

News from the run

by Daniele De Gruttola. Published: 30 April 2011

After the intermediate energy proton-proton run, at 2.76 TeV, performed very successfully in March - followed by a technical stop - ALICE started, in April, an important period of tests and calibrations and is now back to doing physics.

News from the run

by Sabyasachi Siddhanta. Published: 13 May 2011

After a successful period of tests and calibrations in April, ALICE started taking data with minimum bias trigger at 3.5 TeV on 25 April. The LHC delivered stable beams up to 3 May and ALICE collected more than 200 million events.

Charm mesons suppression in lead-lead collisions

by Andrea Dainese. Published: 27 June 2011

The ALICE experiment has measured the production of the charmed mesons D0 and D+ in Pb-Pb collisions at the LHC. In central (head-on) collisions, a large suppression with respect to expectations is observed at large transverse momentum pt, indicating that charm quarks undergo a strong energy loss in the hot and dense state of QCD matter formed in these collisions. D meson suppression is measured for the first time directly in central nucleus-nucleus collisions.

High energy physics captivates public at Royal Society exhibition

Notice of PhD and Postdoctoral positions with Niels Bohr Institute

News from the Run

by Evgeny Kryshen. Published: 11 September 2011

The LHC has devoted the past month to luminosity production and the gradual increase of bunch intensities. Impressive results have been achieved; for example, the LHC was able to run, with stable beams for 26 hours with one fill...

Focus on : Armenuhi Abramyan and Narine Manukyan

Autumn at ALICE

by Polly Bennett. Published: 28 October 2011

Autumn heralds some major events for ALICE. Firstly the LHC accelerator is about to complete its proton-proton programme for the year. This makes way for ALICE week and the start of the heavy ion run on the 14th November. Federico Ronchetti, period run coordinator for October, sums up this month’s results and preparations for the lead-lead collisions. Secondly is the proton-lead collisions test, with which it is hoped we will understand better the processes during lead ion collisions. Amy Dusto explores this issue in her article ‘Accelerator Soup’.

Another event with ALICE this autumn is a change in the ALICE Matters editorial team with the arrival of our new journalist Polly Bennett. ALICE Matters remains a base for the community of the ALICE collaboration: celebrating people, news, results, changes and the daily life...

A Few Words from ALICE Spokesperson Paolo Giubellino

'Elliptic flow' Paper Has Highest Number of Citations

On Shift at ALICE

by James Ross. Published: 02 March 2012

Over the past week I finished up my training and started shifts at the Data Quality Management (DQM) station in the ALICE control room. Though the LHC run has not yet started, ALICE has started shifts both to make sure...

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Visits ALICE

by Taku Gunji. Published: 16 March 2012

Two officers, Ms. T. Iwaoka and Ms. A. Wada, of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) paid a visit to CERN on February 14 - 15. The purpose of the visit was to find out how effectively the JSPS programme ”strategic young researcher overseas visits programme for accelerating brain circulation” works to support Japanese young researchers at CERN. Currently, ALICE, ATLAS, COMPASS, and theory have been supported from this JSPS programme.

Industrial Chemistry Students Visit CERN

by Polly Bennett. Published: 16 March 2012

In December, 53 students from the Faculty of Industrial Chemistry at the University of Bologna, Italy, visited CERN for 3 days as part of their final year seminar programme. ALICE’s Rosario Nania and Despina Hatzifotiadou, from INFN Bologna, organised the visit. “They wanted to visit CERN because of the media popularity in the last few years and because of the technical developments achieved here,” Rosario explained.

Flagship ALICE Images Now Available on CDS

by Polly Bennett. Published: 27 April 2012

The latest flagship images of the ALICE experiment are now available on the CERN Document Server (CDS). Photographer Antonio Saba visited ALICE in February to update the stock of still images used for ALICE communications material. Photographs now illustrate the experiment with the newly installed TRD and EMCal modules.

Antonio Saba

My Journey Into Particle Physics: Chiara Bianchin

by Chiara Bianchin. Published: 27 April 2012

On 21st March 2012 I defended my PhD at the Physics Department “Galileo Galilei” of Padova University, Italy. My thesis title was Charm production at the LHC via D0 ? K? reconstruction in ALICE: cross section in pp collisions and first flow measurement in Pb-Pb collisions. All members of the Padova ALICE group attended to support myself and Davide, the other PhD student of the group defending at the same time. Two ALICE members, Anton Andronic and Raimond Snellings, were part of the jury, as experts.

Focus on: Laure Massacrier

by Panos Charitos. Published: 22 June 2012

Laure has been a member of ALICE’s community since 2008 when as a PhD student she worked on the forward muon tracker, for the upgrade of ALICE and on the analysis of the low mass resonances in the dimuon decay channel. She is currently a postdoc at SUBATECH where she will be spending one more year doing data analysis for ALICE and working on the J/psi elliptic flow. It should be noted that it is the first time that this measurement is done at the LHC.

Long - Term plans of the ALICE Collaboration

Evil genius seeks minions to sacrifice their lives in a world domination attempt!

"Nuclear Physics A" award to ALICE young scientist during QM12

Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology M.o.U with ALICE

Elliptic azimuthal anisotropy of electrons from heavy-flavour decays in Pb-Pb collisions at 2.76 TeV

University of Talca in Chile holds meeting with CERN researchers

Hangout with CERN

by Kenneth Read. Published: 19 November 2012

CERN understands the great importance of science outreach. It’s part of CERN’s mission. Science organizations around the world and most scientists know that communicating science to the public increases public support of science, reduces potential misunderstanding, improves recruitment, and can even clarify in our own minds what the “big picture” really is about our science.

ALICE Event in the front cover of "Current Science"

ALICE in the front cover of "Science Reporter"

by Tapan Nayak. Published: 19 November 2012

In November's issue of Science Reporter, one of the most popular scientific magazines in India, the cover picture was inspired by the ALICE Experiment.

It was a painting made by Pallavi Majumder, a student at the Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata, depicting the ALICE detector in the backdrop of the Big Bang.

This was presented to Ms. Pratibha Patil, the President of India at the time, during her visit at CERN in 2011.

Asian Triangle Heavy Ion Conference (ATHIC) 2012 in Pusan, Korea

ITS Upgrade Project: Physics Motivation (Working Group 1)

Meeting Costanza, Thanushan & Cesar: Designing electronics for the Upgraded ITS of ALICE

In the lab with Jacobus van Hoorne

Discussing with Wanchaloem Poonsawat

New ALICE Publication Rules

by Barbara Erazmus & Helmut Oeschler. Published: 18 December 2012

The ALICE publications rules have been revised as a part of the ALICE Constitution.

A committee (*) appointed by the chair of the Collaboration Board was charged to review the whole process leading to the publication of results. The outcome of the committee work was a proposal for a revision of the ALICE publication policy endorsed by the Collaboration Board.

ALICE physics results from the p-Pb pilot run

Hot Quarks Conference

by Rosi Reed & Megan Connors. Published: 18 December 2012

The 5th Hot Quarks conference was held from October 14-20 in Copamarina, Puerto Rico. Hot Quarks is a workshop for young scientists who are interested in ultra-relativistic heavy-ion collisions. ALICE participation at the conference was great, with 25 of the 72 young scientists coming from our experiment. The other LHC experiments and the RHIC experiments as well as JLab and the theory community were all represented at the meeting.

Junior Representatives for the ALICE Collaboration

Published: 18 December 2012

Dear All/Juniors

It is now time to think about the elections of the Junior Representatives for the ALICE Collaboration Board!
Let me remind you what we discussed at the last Junior Day in October.
The CB decision says that we should vote for 3 junior representatives. A junior is either a PhD student, or a post-doc whose degree was awarded less than 5 years ago, or someone who is not a PhD student whose degree was awarded less than 8 years ago. Among the 3 juniors, at least one has to be a graduate student (PhD).

Focus on: Mario Rodriguez Cahuantzi

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory: New ALICE Associate Member

by Renato Turchetta. Published: 14 January 2013

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is a national laboratory in the UK. It is owned and operated by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), one of the seven UK Research Councils. STFC is one of Europe’s largest multidisciplinary research organisations, supporting scientists and engineers world-wide. It operates world-class, large-scale research facilities, provides strategic advice to the government on their development, and manages international research projects in support of a broad cross-section of the UK research community.


Reine and Michaela: Upgrading the LHC for asymmetric collisions

by Panos Charitos. Published: 22 January 2013

Reine Versteegen (CERN Fellow) and Michaela Schaumann (PhD Student) are closely working with John Jowett in the heavy-ion programme at CERN in getting protons and lead-ions colliding at the LHC. These asymmetric collisions pose technical challenges for the experiments related to numerous effects that appear due to the different charges and energies of the two beams. We met Reine and Michaela and discussed with them about their motivation and the challenges they faced before the proton-lead run.

Wiedemann and Antinori: Proton-lead collisions physics perspectives

by Panos Charitos. Published: 22 January 2013

Urs Wiedemann, CERN theoretical physicist, explains the importance and the main goals of the proton-lead run for the heavy-ion physics program of CERN.

ALICE Physics Coordinator, Federico Antinori, discusses the physics goals for studying proton + lead ion collisions at the LHC before the upcoming upgrade shutdown

Riegler & Morsch: ALICE preparing for the proton-lead run

ALICE Event at the Scottish Parliament

by Lucile Hervet . Published: 19 February 2013

As the world’s largest science experiment, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) enjoys a keen international interest. The UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) has created a travelling exhibition called “LHC on Tour” which was open to public, in the Main Hall of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh from 2 to 8 February 2013.

Italian students spend a week in ALICE

by Panos Charitos & Vito Manzari. Published: 19 February 2013

A masterclass for a group of 15 selected Italian high-school students took place from October 15th to 19th. The students attend the 4th year at “Liceo Classico Statale Cagnazzi” in Altamura, a nice and quiet town at 50 km from Bari. The week spent at CERN was part of a three-week long stage, funded by the Ministry of Education, University and Research, with the aim of introducing some selected students to the world of fundamental physics and in particular to nuclear and sub-nuclear research activities.

Can heavy-ion collisions cast light on strong CP?

Important decisions ahead

by Paolo Guibellino. Published: 19 February 2013

A message from our spokesperson.

As you know, another very important moment is approaching for the Collaboration. While we prepare the Technical Design Reports for the Upgrade of the experiment which was endorsed by the LHCC in September (due in the summer), we have to reach a decision on three proposals which are being developed in the collaboration for additional detectors, which would extend the scope of ALICE in Particle Identification (the VHMPID) in muon tracking (the MFT) and in forward calorimetry (the FOCAL).