9-13 July 2012
Production of muons in the ALICE experiment at the LHC
Presented by Dr. Zinhle BUTHELEZI on 10 Jul 2012 from 12:00 to 12:20
Type: Oral Presentation
Track: Track B - Nuclear, Particle and Radiation Physics
The ALICE experiment is one of the 4 major experiments at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and has been taking data since year 2009 . ALICE is a general purpose heavy-ion detector, with the main physics goal to study the formation of a de-confined Quark-Gluon Plasma in heavy-ion collisions at ultra-relativistic high-energies. Heavy flavour is regarded as good tool for the study of the properties of this high-density state of QCD matter. In ALICE heavy-flavour has been measured in proton-proton and lead-lead (Pb-Pb) collisions at central and forward rapidity using different decays final states. Here we present a summary of the first results obtained from heavy-flavour muon production in ALICE. In addition, we will outline the relevance of measuring W± bosons via the single muon channel in the forward rapidity range in ALICE. References 1. J. Instrum. 3, S08002 (2008). The ALICE Experiment at the CERN LHC. 2. ALICE-INT-2006-021 version 1.0, 23-09-2006Z. Conesa Del Valle et al. Production of W vector bosons in p + p and Pb + Pb collisions at LHC energies. W detection in the ALICE muon spectrometer.