by Virginia Greco. Published: 07 February 2018

The year 2017 concluded with a few PhD graduations in the ALICE Collaboration.

Last October, Benjamin Audurier received his PhD in Physics from the University of Nantes, France, presenting a thesis on J/psi inclusive production in pp and Pb-Pb collisions at 5.02TeV. In addition to working for his thesis under the supervision of Ginés Martínez, he contributed to the optimisation and evaluation of the muon spectrometer tracking systematics for the 2015 Pb-Pb run.

In November, Debojit Sarkar of the Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (Kolkata) and Mohammad Saleh of the Wayne State University completed their PhD thesis.

Supervised by Subhasis Chattopadhyay, Sarkar studied two-particle correlations with identified trigger particles (pions and protons) in small systems and contributed to the maintenance of the AOD cuts page.

Saleh developed a thesis on azimuthally-differential pion femtoscopy relative to the second and third harmonics in Pb-Pb collisions, tutored by Sergei Voloshin, and participated in fabricating and testing the GEM foils for the TPC detector.

In December, Jussi Viinikainen received his PhD from the University of Jyväskylä (Finland). He studied the jet fragmentation transverse momentum in pp and p-Pb collisions, under the supervision of Jan Rak, and took part in the development of the DCAL TRU trigger.

The Collaboration congratulates the new doctors and wishes them all the best for their future scientific career.