by Virginia Greco. Published: 11 April 2017

The ALICE Collaboration is happy to congratulate seven new Ph.D.’s for their successful studies, research and precious participation in the experiment.

Last November Rebecca Scott and Joel Mazer completed their doctoral studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (USA).  Under the supervision of Soren Sorensen, Rebecca investigated the production of electrons from heavy flavour decays in proton-lead collisions and also contributed to the activities of the group developing and maintaining the front-end electronics of the Electromagnetic Calorimeter (EMCal). Joel worked on jet-hadron correlations relative to the event plane in Pb-Pb collisions, under the guidance of Christine Nattrass. He also contributed to the installation, commissioning, operation and repair of the calorimeters EMCal and DCal.

Rama Chandra Baral, of the Homi Bhabha National Institute, India, received his Ph.D. early this year, presenting a thesis on studies of Lambda(1520) resonances and D mesons at the LHC energies and phase transition in magnetised compact stars. Besides pursuing his research, supervised by Pradip Kumar Sahu, he carried out activities of Photon Multiplicity Detector (PMD) clustering.

Saehanseul Oh completed his doctoral studies at the end of January defending his thesis at Yale University, Connecticut (USA). His research on correlations in particle production in p-Pb and Pb-Pb collisions was supervised by John Harris. Saehanseul also took part in important activities for the quality assurance of p-Pb data.

With a thesis on particle detectors for Muon Tomography and the ALICE High-Momentum Particle Identification (HMPD) detector, László Oláh was granted a Ph.D. at the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest, Hungary, in February. His work was directed by Gábor Gergely Barnaföldi and Dezső Varga. László also contributed to the study of ageing effects on Cesium Iodide photocathodes.

In March, Tsubasa Okubo defended at the Hiroshima University, Japan, his thesis on neutral pion measurements in p-Pb collisions at 5.02 TeV of energy in the centre of mass,  work that he pursued under the guidance of Toru Sugitate. He also contributed to the success of the ALICE experiment working on the PHOS Quality Monitoring.

At the beginning of this month of April, Alberto Calivà received his Ph.D. by the Utrecht University, The Netherlands.  He presented a thesis on low-mass dielectron measurement in Pb–Pb collisions at 2.76 TeV of energy in the centre of mass, directed by Thomas Peitzmann. Alberto also contributed to the quality assurance activities for the central barrel.

We wish them a successful future along the path they will decide to follow.