AFTER@LHC: A fixed-target programme at the LHC for heavy-ion, hadron, spin and astroparticle physics

  • Data: 17 febbraio 2017 dalle 11:30 alle 12:30

  • Luogo: Aula Seminari, piano -1, via Ranzani, 1, Bologna

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Partecipanti: Dr Jean-Philippe Lansberg (CNRS)


In this seminar, I will review a number of recent ideas put forward in favour of a fixed-target programme at the LHC - AFTER@LHC- dedicated to heavy-ion, hadron, spin and astroparticle physics. By using an internal (polarised) gas target or by extracting the beam with a bent crystal, the multi-TeV LHC beams allow one to perform the most energetic fixed-target experiments ever with which one can access the essentially uncharted backward kinematics with detectors similar to LHCb or ALICE.

In particular we argue that this allows one to study /pp/, /pd/ and /pA/ collisions at sqrt(s_NN) ≃ 115 GeV and Pb/p/ and Pb/A/ collisions at sqrt(s_NN) ≃72 GeV with extremely high precision with modern detection techniques. Such studies, including

  • single transverse-spin asymmetries for hard and rare processes,
  • suppression of heavy-flavours and quarkonia as well as azimuthal asymmetries down to the target rapidity in heavy-ion collisions,
  • cold-nuclear matter effects,
  • the physics involved in ultra-peripheral hadron and ion collisions,
  • far backward gluon and heavy-quark sensitive processes,
  • vector-boson production near threshold ...,

would greatly complement collider experiments, in particular those of the Electron-Ion Collider project or RHIC (with luminosities larger by

1 to 3 orders of magnitude).

Such a mode indeed allows for a broad physics programme, covering the large-/x/ QCD frontier for particle and astroparticle physics, as well as spin and heavy-ion physics with respectively a polarised target and the LHC lead beam.


Come di consueto, il seminario sarà accompagnato da un piccolo aperitivo.

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