I started working at ALICE as a summer student in 2007, during my master's studies at Comenius University in Bratislava. I did my PhD there as well, which was dedicated to the study of baryon number transport, i.e. analysis of anti-baryon to baryon ratios.
I am currently working as a postdoc on CTU in Prague (many thanks to our OPEC project for making this possible), where I joined a group working on physics of Ultra peripheral collisions (UPC), where we deal with clean processes with just one particle produced in the whole detector. It is a completely different environment compared to the crowded minimum bias events I was studying before. I also made a study of coherent photo-production of ψ(2S) in Pb-Pb UPC. These days, we are working on papers with my colleagues, and hopefully, when you read this, we are in or after the first collaboration round.
In parallel, I am involved in the construction of the AD detector (AD stands for ALICE Diffractive), where I am responsible for offline software and data quality monitoring. AD is planned as an extension of VZERO, as it will increase the minimum bias trigger efficiency (as a by-product will provide better veto on hadronic interactions for UPC trigger) and will be sensitive on low diffractive masses. The detector was installed at P2 in December, and we are now striving to prepare the whole system for data taking in Run2.
I did some shifts in ARC during the cosmic data-taking period and really liked our redesigned control room; it is perfect. The system was running smoothly, and it was nice to see more and more detectors joining the global run. We will definitely provide a big amount of data to our friends at Cosmic-PAG.
I’m also looking forward to collecting some data with the LHC beam. There is amazing Run2 physics waiting for us. See you in ARC!