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# Heavy-Ion Physics at a Fixed-Target Experiment Using the LHC Proton and Lead Beams (AFTER@LHC): Feasibility Studies for Quarkonium and Drell–Yan Production

C. Da Silva, J. P. Lansberg, A. Uras, L. Massacrier, D. Kikola, B. Trzeciak, J. Seixas, E. G. Ferreiro, C. Hadjidakis, Z. Yang

### Abstract

We outline the case for heavy-ion-physics studies using the multi-TeV lead LHC beams in the fixed-target mode. After a brief contextual reminder, we detail the possible contributions of AFTER@LHC to heavy-ion physics with a specific emphasis on quarkonia. We then present performance simulations for a selection of observables. These show that $$\varUpsilon (nS)$$ , $$J/\psi$$ and $$\psi (2S)$$ production in heavy-ion collisions can be studied in new energy and rapidity domains with the LHCb and ALICE detectors. We also discuss the relevance to analyse the Drell–Yan pair production in asymmetric nucleus–nucleus collisions to study the factorisation of the nuclear modification of partonic densities and of further quarkonium states to restore their status of golden probes of the quark–gluon plasma formation.

DOI: 10.1007/s00601-017-1308-0

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