The Large Hadron Collider was finally restarted last month, marking the beginning of the giant experiment’s ‘Run 2’.
Later this year we should start seeing the first results after the upgrade, but what’s further down the line? Scientists at CERN are nothing if not forward looking, and have plans for the next upgrade, dubbed Long Shutdown 2, to start in 2018. That brings us to this beauty:
One of the primary upgrades to the ALICE experiment will be to its Inner Tracking System. This upgrade will greatly enhance the experiment’s performance in detecting heavy-flavour hadrons, thermal photons and low-mass dielectrons emitted by the quark gluon plasma. The upgrade will place at least 11 new observables within reach of the experiment.
For the full details of the upgrade head over to the ALICE Technical Design Report in JPhysG.
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Image: from B Abelev et al (The ALICE Collaboration) 2014 J. Phys. G: Nucl. Part. Phys. 41 087002. Copyright CERN, and distributed under a CC-BY 3.0 license.