by Virginia Greco. Published: 03 February 2017

Last November was a prosperous month for doctoral students, since four candidates of our experiment got their degree. A fifth one followed early this year.

Vit Kučera was granted his PhD title on November 15 by the Charles University of Prague (Czech Republic) and the University of Strasbourg (France). The work of his thesis, entitled “Study of strange particle production in jets with the ALICE experiment at the LHC”, was carried out under the supervision of Jana Bielcikova and Christian Kuhn. Vit also contributed to the overall success of the experiment by studying the resistance to irradiation of the ALPIDE chip prototypes.

On 23 of November Lucie Ronflette, of the Université de Nantes (France), successfully defended her doctoral thesis about “Isolated photon production in p-Pb collisions at = √SNN=5.02 TeV with the ALICE experiment at the LHC”. In addition to completing her thesis research under the supervision of Barbara Erazmus and Marie Germain, Lucie participated in service activities by working on the Quality Assurance of EMCal data.

On November 30 it was the turn of Maitreyee Mukherjee, who received her PhD degree from the Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre and the Homi Bhabha National Institute (India) for her research on multiplicity fluctuations in Pb-Pb collisions in ALICE. While working on her thesis, entitled “The Event-by-event fluctuations in high-energy heavy-ion collisions at the LHC energies in the ALICE Experiment” under the guidance of Tapan Nayak, she took part in activities for quality assurance and gain correction of PMD data.

In January Arianna Batista Camejo, of the Laboratoire de Physique de Clermont, completed her doctoral studies defending her thesis on “Study of J/psi polarization in proton-proton collisions with the ALICE detector at the LHC”. Her research was directed by Valérie Ramillien and Philippe Rosnet. She also collaborated in detector development activities with performance studies for the muon upgrade electronics.