Strange things in the ALICE experiment at the CERN LHC

Prof. David Evans

ALICE is a general purpose heavy-ion detector at the CERN LHC. ALICE creates and studies the deconfined state of matter, know as a quark-gluon plasma (QGP), by colliding lead ions together at the highest possible energies. Proton-proton and proton-lead collisions, where QGP formation is not expected, are recorded for comparison with the lead-lead data. Recent results from ALICE, however, bring into question the assumption that the QGP can not be formed in proton-proton and proton-lead collisions. New ALICE results, especially on multi-strange particle production, will be presented and discussed.