by Panos Charitos. Published: 27 May 2014

Six ALICE PhD students successfully defended their thesis in the last two months, reflecting the number of diversity of scientific questions posed by heavy-ion physics. The previous lead-lead and proton-lead runs at the LHC and the ongoing ALICE upgrade programme present new opportunities for those interested to pursue their PhD with ALICE.

Andrea Agostinelli studied “Vector meson photoproduction in ultra-peripheral heavy ions collisions with ALICE at the LHC”, helping the progress of our field. Andrea also worked in performing the Data Quality Monitoring of the data of the Time of Flight detector, thus helping the overall success of ALICE. He worked under the supervision of Prof. Luisa Cifarelli and submitted his thesis at the Università degli Studi di Bologna.

Dario Berzano worked in the development of computing tools that are essential for physics analysis and presented his thesis: “A ground-up approach to High Throughput Cloud Computing in High-Energy Physics” in Università degli Studi di Torino. Dario was co-supervised by Prof. Massimo Masera and Dr. Stefano Bagnasco (Torino University and INFN) and Dr. Gerardo Ganis from the PH-SFT group. During his time as a PhD student he also supported the installation and use of the Aliroot software.

Fabio Colamaria’s thesis has advanced our understanding of how charmed quarks interact with the medium in nuclear collisions, helping the progress of our field of Physics. He also performed the Data Quality Monitoring of the data of the Inner Tracking System, thus helping the overall success of the experiment. We would like to take the opportunity to thank also the ALICE group at Bari University and INFN, and Prof. Bruno who supervised this thesis for their efforts in training the next generation of scientists.

Domenico Colella pursued his PhD on the “Study of multi-strange baryon production with ALICE at the LHC energies” in the University of Bari and INFN under the supervision of Dott. Domenico Elia. Moreover, he has been involved in the Lego Train operation and the support for the pwg-lf, that are essential as ALICE is preparing for the next LHC run.

The “Collective flow and azimuthally differential pion femtoscopy” with the ALICE experiment was the topic of Vera Loggins’ PhD thesis. Under the supervision of Prof. Voloshin from the Wayne State University she studied the shape of the pion-emitting source by measuring femtoscopic radii as a function of the emission angle relative to the collision plane.

Finally, Jocelyn Mlynarz worked on multiparticle correlations in nuclear collisions at the LHC. She also developed methods of pi-zero and photon identification in EMCAL. Prof. Sergei Voloshin was her supervisor in "Multiparticle correlations in PbPb collisions at √sNN=2.76 TeV".

ALICE Matters wishes to all of them a very successful continuation of their scientific career.