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Heavy Flavor Production at ALICE

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Rachid Guernane
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Open heavy flavor production is considered to be a valuable probe for studying QCD properties of the dense medium formed in heavy ion collisions. Heavy quarks, once produced in the early stages of the collision, are expected to rescatter and lose energy from gluon radiations traversing the surrounding matter. In addition, heavy flavor production measurements in p-p and p-A will help to understand both perturbative and nonperturbative regimes of QCD in a novel kinematic region of high virtuality and small-x becoming accessible at LHC energies. LHC energy domain will provide a unique opportunity to measure heavy flavor production in heavy ion collisions. The large expected production cross sections will ensure high statistics data samples enabling precise measurements. ALICE is a general-purpose experiment equipped to reconstruct heavy quark both hadronic and semileptonic decays in p-p, p-A and A-A collisions in its central barrel and forward muon spectrometer. In this talk, we will review the most recent feasibility studies for ALICE measurements of heavy flavor production in central Pb-Pb collisions at the LHC.
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Hadron Collider Physics 2006 held from 22 May 2006 to 26 May 2006 in Duke University, Durham, NC
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