Studying the mechanisms for strange particle production with ALICE at LHC


  • Meenakshi Sharma University of Jammu (IN)



for the ALICE Collaboration


The main goal of the ALICE experiment is to study the physics of strongly interacting matter, focusing on the properties of the quark-gluon plasma (QGP). The relative production of strange hadrons with respect to non-strange hadrons in heavy-ion collisions was historically considered as one of the signatures of QGP formation. However, the latest results in proton-proton (pp) and proton-lead (p-Pb) collisions have revealed an increasing trend in the yield ratio of strange hadrons to pions with the charged-particle multiplicity in the event, showing a smooth evolution across different collision systems and energies.

We present the new studies which are performed with the aim of better understanding the production mechanisms for strange particles and hence the strangeness enhancement phenomenon in small collision systems. In one of the recent studies, the very forward energy transported by beam remnants (spectators) and detected by the Zero Degree Calorimeters (ZDC) is used to classify events. The contribution of the effective energy and the particle multiplicity on strangeness production is studied using a multi-differential approach in order to disentangle initial and final state effects. In the second study, the origin of strangeness enhancement with multiplicity in pp has been further investigated by separating the contribution of soft and hard processes, such as jets, to strange hadron production. Techniques involving full jet reconstruction or two-particle correlations have been exploited. The results indicate that the increased relative strangeness production emerges from the growth of the underlying event, being disconnected from initial state properties, and suggest that soft (out-of-jets) processes are the dominant contribution to strange hadron production.


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How to Cite

Sharma M. Studying the mechanisms for strange particle production with ALICE at LHC. Supl. Rev. Mex. Fis. [Internet]. 2022 Jun. 17 [cited 2022 Dec. 9];3(3):0308117 1-4. Available from: