ALICE is a general-purpose heavy-ion experiment designed to study the physics of strongly interacting matter and the quark-gluon plasma in nucleus-nucleus collisions at the LHC. The collaboration currently includes over 1300 members from 138 institutions in 36 countries. The Collaboration is currently engaged in the analysis of data taken during the first runs of 2010 to 2013, while undertaking a major upgrade of the experimental apparatus. The upgrade program has been approved in September 2012, and foresees technology developments in 2013 and 2014, construction in 2015, 16 and 17, and finally data taking extending to the mid 2020s.
In the first two years of participation in the ALICE experiment, first as Associate Member and since one year as Full Member, SUT has already made significant contributions to various projects. Among others, there are:
• Software modeling of the new Inner Tracking System in the ALICE simulation framework;
• Experimental characterization of the resistivity of the silicon wafers used for the fabrication of the new ITS pixel detectors. This activity is carried out in collaboration with TMEC (Thai Microelectronics Center), research unit of the National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC);
• Experimental characterization of the pixel detector prototypes, in collaboration with the Synchrotron Light Research Institute (SLRI);
• Fabrication of silicon frames on 6-inch wafers with embedded cooling micro channels of the new ITS detector (activity in collaboration with TMEC);
• Contribution to the ALICE Computing Grid with xx computing nodes at SUT.
The activities listed above are those where Thai scientists and students are already actively participating and first results have been either achieved or are expected soon. These activities are an essential part of the R&D programme for the ALICE upgrade and, therefore, are highly valued by ALICE.
News about the MOU between SUT and CERN/ALICE can be read from here.
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