Published: 10 November 2017

In the last months, a number of young members of the ALICE collaboration received their PhD degree.

In May, Elisa Meninno defended her thesis on Lambda+c baryon production in pp and p-Pb collisions and received her PhD degree at the University of Salerno (Italy). Besides pursuing this research under the supervision of Salvatore De Pasquale and Annalisa De Caro, she worked on the Data Quality Monitoring and the Quality Assurance of the Time of Flight data.

Maximiliano Puccio was granted his PhD degree by the University of Torino (Italy) in June, after presenting his studies of the production of nuclei and anti-nuclei at the LHC with the ALICE experiment, which he carried out under the guidance of Massimo Masera and Stefania Bufalino. In these years, he also collaborated in the development of the ITS reconstruction software.

In July, Jitendra Kumar and Tomas Vanat received their PhD degree as well. Kumar, of the India Institute of Technology Bombay in Mumbai (India), carried out a research on angular correlations involving D mesons in Pb-Pb collisions, under the guidance of Raghava Varma.

Vanat, of the Czech Technical University of Prague (Czech Republic), defended a thesis on physical fault injection and monitoring methods for programmable devices, contributing to the understanding of the radiation hardness of the ALPIDE chip and other components. His work was supervised by Josef Ferencei.

Oliver Werner Arnold completed a thesis on the study of the hyperon-nucleon interactions via femtoscopy in elementary systems with HADES and ALICE and was granted his PhD degree by the Technische Universität München, Munich (Germany). In addition to carrying out this research under the supervision of Laura Fabbietti and Marcus Bleicher, he worked on the GEM chambers for the TPC upgrade.

Jaime Norman, of the University of Liverpool (UK), and Mohamad Tarhini, of the Université Paris-Saclay (France), were granted their PhD degree in September.

Norman defended a thesis on Lambda+c baryon production in pp and p-Pb collisions, a study that he carried out under the supervision of Marielle Chartier, John Dainton and Roy Lemmon. He also contributed to the activities of the ITS Upgrade group, working on the development of laser soldering of pixel chips on flexible printed circuit boards.

Tarhini, who was supervised by Bruno Espagnon, presented his study of the production of J/psi and Z bosons in p-Pb and Pb-Pb collisions. He also contributed to the Quality Assurance of the Muon Spectrometer.

We would like to congratulate all these fresh Doctors and wish them a successful continuation of their scientific career.