by Iva Raynova. Published: 31 January 2016

In October 2015 Javier Martin Blanco from the University of Nantes presented his PhD thesis on the "Study of J/Ψ production dependence with the charged particle multiplicity in p-Pb collisions at √sNN = 5.02 TeV and pp collisions at √s = 8 TeV with the ALICE experiment at the LHC". It was completed under the supervision of Dr. Gines Martinez Garcia (SUBATECH) and Dr. Laurent Aphecetche (SUBATECH, co-supervisor). His work has contributed to the understanding of possible collective phenomena in p-Pb and in p-p collisions, helping the progress of our field of physics. Also, the work he carried on the studies of the ALICE muon spectrometer tracking efficiency and on the diagnostics and maintenance of the muon tracking chambers helped the overall success of the experiment.

"Balance Functions: Multiplicity and transverse momentum dependence of the charge dependent correlations in ALICE" was the topic of Alis Rodriguez Manso’s thesis from the Utrecht University, which she defended in November 2015. It was done under the supervision of Prof. Raimond Snellings (Nikhef, Utrecht University) and Dr. Panos Christakoglou (Nikhef, co-supervisor). Her work has contributed to the understanding of charge-dependent correlations between positively and negatively charged particles as a function of pseudorapidity and azimuthal angle in Pb-Pb, p-Pb and in p-p collisions. In addition, the work she carried on operating the analysis trains for the CF Physics Working Group helped the overall success of the experiment.