Strange prospects for LHC energies

Boris Hippolyte

Strange quark and particle production will be studied at LHC energies in order to explore the properties of both elementary and nuclear collisions. On the one hand, we aim to use strangeness for investigating chemical equilibration and bulk properties; in addition, strange particles can help to probe kinematical regions where hard processes and pQCD dominate. We propose here to discuss the possible extrapolations of current data to LHC energies as well as the relevance of related measurements which are currently anticipated with the ALICE detector.