Date

8-2010

Degree Name

BS in Physics

Department

Physics Department

Advisor(s)

Jennifer Klay

Abstract

Bottom quarks are one of the easiest ways to observe quark flow in a quark gluon plasma. For this reason, it is advantageous in a detector to have superb capabilities at detecting bottom quarks through their decay products and interactions. This paper will provide an overview of bottom quark behavior in a quark gluon plasma, as well as methods used to detect this behavior. Once this has been established, an overview of the heavy ion physics at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), and particularly A Large Ion Collider Experiment (ALICE), will be discussed. It will then be argued that the Electromagnetic Calorimeter (EMCal) can provide the detection capabilities that ALICE needs to complete its arsenal for bottom quark investigation.

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