The weekend edition of the Dutch newspaper NRC at May 19-20 featured an article about the ALICE experiment.
ALICE, the acronym for A Large Ion Collider Experiment, is the name of an experiment at the particle accelerator LHC1 at CERN, performed within a large international collaboration. The Institute for Subatomic Physics of Utrecht University is part of this collaboration.
The ALICE collaboration aims to reproduce the extreme circumstances shortly after the Big Bang by the collisions of heavy nuclei. Under such conditions, an extreme phase of matter, called the quark-gluon plasma, is formed. With its detector installed at the accelerator, the researchers study a.o. the characteristics of the quark-gluon plasma, which helps to better understand the interactions of elementary particles, possibly including also new knowledge about string theory and neutron stars.
Read the full newsitem online at the website of NRC (in Dutch).
1Large Hadron Collider