Schonland Colloquia - 2004
Bruce Becker - Ultrarelativistic heavy-ion physics : latest results and
observables with the ALICE dimuon spectrometer at the LHC
Wednesday 21st of July
at 10-15 after tea.
in the Schonland lecture hall.
QCD predicts a phase transition to a deconfined state of matter at high temperature and pressure. The heavy ion collisions of the SPS and RHIC have created a state which shows behavior which is different from what is expected from normal hadronic matter under extreme conditions. This state is extremely difficult to create, and lives for only a few fm/c, so is very difficult to study. I will outline the theoretical arguments for the creation and properties of such a state, and review the evidence from the wealth of experimental data taken from the SPS and RHIC. I will also outline the work being done at the UCT-CERN Research Centre for the ALICE experiment's dimuon spectrometer and explain how this detector can be used to investigate the properties of a novel Ultrarelativistic heavy-ion physics : latest results and observables with the ALICE dimuon spectrometer at the LHCstate of deconfined strongly interacting matter.