Feasibility study for the detection of D0 hadronic decays in Pb-Pb collisions at LHC with ALICE
The ALICE experiment at the CERN LHC collider is devoted to the
study of heavy-ion collisions at a centre of mass energy of 5.5 TeV per nucleon.
The study of open charm production in nucleus-nucleus collisions at
the LHC allows to investigate the mechanisms of heavy
quark production and energy-loss in the hot and dense medium formed
in the early stage of the collision. In addition, the open charm
production cross-section is the natural normalization for the study of J/psi production.
The reconstruction of exclusive hadronic decays of charm particles is
the only way to obtain a direct measurement of their transverse
We present the results of a feasibility study for the detection of
$D^0\to K^-\pi^+$ decays in Pb-Pb collisions with ALICE.