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ALICE Controls

 

A Large Ion Collider Experiment (ALICE) is located at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) near Geneva, Switzerland.  The experiment, years in the making, will take advantage of the unprecedented energies provided by the new Large Hadron Collider (LHC), attempting to answer fundamental questions of the universe.  ALICE is specifically designed to look at heavy-ion collisions and further study the quark-gluon plasma.  By understanding this primordial state of matter, researchers hope to better understand how the universe developed.

    

Students at CERN and the ALICE site in France

Hidden deep underground, accelerator will smash together lead ions at nearly the speed of light.  The ALICE detector, designed with the newest technologies and techniques, measures the fundamental particles coming out of these high energy collisions.  With this data, scientists can recreate the events and understand the fundamental particles and forces at play.

ALICE is an international collaboration consisting of over 100 institutions from around the world with over 1000 physicists, engineers, and technicians.  Creighton students and faculty work with the Electromagnetic Calorimeter. Dr. Michael Cherney, Dr. Christopher Anson, and Jiro Fujita are involved with ALICE Detector Control System.

Here is ALICE Live which shows live ALICE event display with is updated every few seconds during the operation of the experiment.