ALICE Forward Multiplicity Detector From Design to Installation – Niels Bohr Institute - University of Copenhagen

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ALICE Forward Multiplicity Detector From Design to Installation

Ph.d.-forsvar: Christian Holm Christensen, Niels Bohr Institutet 

When the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) turns on early 2008, a new era of
heavy--ion physics is begun.  Heavy--ions, such as lead, are collided
at velocities very close to the speed of light, in an effort to create
a state of matter known as the Quark Gluon Plasma (QGP).  In the QGP,
the smallest known particles, quarks , are expected to become free and
can be studied by experiments.

A Large Ion Collider Experiment (ALICE ) will study the results of the
heavy--ion collisions produced by the LHC.  The aim is to study the
strong force --- the force that binds the quarks in the nucleons ---
by creating a hot and dense state of quarks, in which a transition to
the QGP is expected to be found.

ALICE consists of many detectors.  One of these detectors is the
Forward Multiplicity Detector (FMD) built at the Niels Bohr
Institute, and is the subject of this thesis.