by Panos Charitos. Published: 01 March 2014

In the past few years, ALICE has published a wealth of scientific results deepening our understanding of the Quark Gluon Plasma and strong interactions and showing how exciting is the field of heavy-ion physics at the LHC. This is also reflected in the number of students who decide every year to pursue a career with ALICE and apply for a PhD. Recently seven of them successfully submitted their thesis following their research with ALICE.

Denise Godoy presented her thesis on the “Elliptic azimuthal anisotropy of electrons from heavy-flavour decays in Pb-Pb collisions at √sNN = 2.76 TeV measured with ALICE" with the supervision of Alexandre Suaide (USP) and co-Supervision of Mateusz Ploskon (LBNL). Denise has recently moved to Nantes where she will continue working with ALICE.

Antoine Lardeux, recently defended his thesis on: "Étude de la production inclusive de J/ψ dans les collisions Pb-Pb à √s = 2,76 TeV avec le spectromètre à muons de l’expérience ALICE au LHC" under the supervision of Gines Martinez and the co-supervision of Philippe Pillot (SUBATECH, Ecole des Mines de Nantes). His thesis has advanced our understanding of how J/ψ production is modified in nuclear collisions at highest energies.

Yifei Wang, has finished his doctoral study in University of Heidelberg. As a member of ALICE, he was involved in the project of testing and commissioning of the Transition Radiation Detector (TRD). He has contributed lost of efforts in the open heavy flavor analyses, especially the D*+(2010) reconstruction in pp collisions. In his thesis, he demonstrates the full reconstruction of D*+(2010) via D*+ ->D0 (K- π+) π+ decay channel. The result of the D*+ cross section provides tests of perturbative QCD calculations and serves as a baseline of the heavy flavor nuclear modification factor measurement in Pb-Pb collisions.

Daniel Lohner, who also defended his thesis in the University of Heidelberg submitted his PhD thesis last October. He worked with Johanna Stachel and Klaus Reygers studying the “Anisotropic flow of direct photons in Pb-Pb collisions at 2.76 TeV per nucleon”.

Ιn his thesis, Alexis Mas measured direct photon production in pp collisions at 7 TeV (" Mesure de la production des photons isolés dans les collisions p-p à 7 TeV avec le détecteur ALICE "). Hugues Delagrange, who suddenly passed away marking a great loss for the ALICE Collaboration and Marie Germain (SUBATECH) were his supervisors.

Maxime Guilbaud, worked on "Étude de la multiplicité de particules chargées et des mésons vecteurs de basse masse dans l’expérience ALICE au LHC en collisions Pb-Pb à 2.76 TeV”. Brigitte Cheynis (IPNL/ Université Claude Bernard Lyon I) was his thesis advisor and Raphaël Tieulent (IPNL/ Université Claude Bernard Lyon I) his co-advisor. His thesis focused on the study of charged particle multiplicities and the production of low-mass vector mesons.

The production of Y states and how it is modified in nuclear collisions was the topic of Massimiliano Marchisone’s thesis. Under the supervision of Ermanno Vercellin (Universitá di Torino), Pascal Dupieux and Xavier Lopez (LPC Clermont-Ferrand) he completed his PhD on: “Probing the Quark-Gluon Plasma from Bottomonium production at forward rapidity with ALICE at the LHC”.

Finally, Gian Michele Innocenti successfully completed his PhD thesis on "D_s+ production in p-p, p-Pb and Pb-Pb collisions measured with ALICE" under the supervision of Massimo Masera (Universitá di Torino), co-Supervisor Francesco Prino (INFN Torino).

Congratulations to all of them. We wish them the best of success in their future research careers and look forward to more exciting results.