12-15 April 2016
BNL Physics Building
US/Eastern timezone

Open heavy-favour production with ALICE at the LHC

13 Apr 2016, 16:30
Large Seminar Room (BNL Physics Building)

Large Seminar Room

BNL Physics Building


Mr Jaime Norman (University of Liverpool)


Heavy quarks (charm and beauty), produced in ultra-relativistic heavy-ion collisions, are formed in hard partonic scattering processes in the early stage of the collision, and therefore offer a unique opportunity to probe the properties of the strongly-interacting medium created. For example, the measurement of the suppression of heavy-flavour particles in Pb{Pb relative to pp collisions can probe in-medium energy loss mechanisms, and the azimuthal anisotropy of heavy-flavour particles can help understand to what extent heavy quarks participate in the collective motion of the medium. The measurement of charmed mesons in pp and p-Pb collisions as a function of multiplicity can also help understand the role of multi-parton interactions in heavy-flavour production. The ALICE detector is well suited to measure charmed meson decays via hadronic channels and beauty-decay electrons at mid-rapidity, as well as inclusive measurements of heavy-flavour production via semi-electronic decays at mid-rapidity, and semi-muonic decays at forward rapidity. This talk will give an overview of heavy-flavour measurements made with the ALICE detector during Run 1 in pp, p-Pb and Pb-Pb collisions, as well as outline current and future perspectives for Run 2.

Primary author

Mr Jaime Norman (University of Liverpool)

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