by Panos Charitos. Published: 26 April 2015

In the past two months, five ALICE doctoral students successfully completed their PhD theses. ALICE Matters, Paolo Giubellino, ALICE Spokesperson, and Peter Braun-Munzinger, Chair of the ALICE Collaboration Board, would like to congratulate Dr Alexander Kurepin, Dr Andrea Festanti, Dr Małgorzata Anna Janik, Dr Łukasz Graczykowski, and Dr Julian Book for their success and thank the ALICE groups at the students' institutes, as well as the PhD supervisors for their efforts in training the next generation of scientists.

Dr Alexander Kurepin from the Institute for Nuclear Research, RAS, Moscow, completed his thesis “Automated control system of the trigger detector for the time of flight system of the ALICE experiment at the Large Hadron Collider” under the supervision of Dr. Tatiana Karavicheva and defended it on 26 March 2015. His work contributed to the design of a detector control system for T0 and the development of the handshake message exchange for ALICE.

Dr Andrea Festanti from Università and INFN Padova defended his thesis “Measurement of the D0 production on Pb-Pb and p-Pb collisions at the LHC with ALICE” on 24 March 2015, with Dr Andrea Dainese (INFN Padova) as his supervisor. Andrea's work has advanced our knowledge on the production of neutral charmed mesons in proton-nucleus and nucleus-nucleus collisions, addressing both their suppression and their flow patterns.

Dr Małgorzata Anna Janik and Dr Łukasz Graczykowski from the Warsaw University of Technology worked on “Two-Particle Correlations as a Function of Relative Azimuthal Angle and Pseudorapidity in Proton-Proton Collisions Registered by the ALICE Experiment” and “Femtoscopic analysis of hadron-hadron correlations in ultrarelativistic collisions of protons and heavy ions” respectively. They completed their theses under the supervision of Prof. Adam Kisiel and presented them on 24 February 2015. Małgorzata's work has advanced our knowledge on angular correlations in pp collisions, especially for identified particles, an analysis that is unique to ALICE. Łukasz helped advance our understanding of the size of the emitting system in p-Pb and pp collisions and provided data on correlations and interaction of baryon-antibaryon pairs. In addition, they both participated in education and outreach activities, organizing AliRoot Tutorials for the ALICE Summer Students as well as bringing ALICE data to school children through the Masterclass programme.

Dr Julian Book from the University of Frankfurt pursued his PhD on “J/psi Production in Pb-Pb Collisions with ALICE at the LHC” supervised by Christoph Blume and defended it on 25 February 2015. His thesis has advanced our understanding of J/psi Production at mid-rapidity in nucleus-nucleus collisions. As PhD student, he also worked on the commissioning of the TRD detector and the development of the di-electron analysis framework, thus helping the overall success of the experiment.

ALICE Matters wishes all of them a successful continuation of their scientific career.