On the 14th of June 2016 Dr. Katherin Shtejer Diaz from CEADEN, Cuba and University of Turin, Italy, successfully defended her PhD thesis. Her work, titled "Study of muon bundles from extensive air showers with the ALICE detector at the LHC", was supervised by Dr. Bruno Alessandro and Prof. Massimo Masera (INFN - Section of Turin, and Institute of Physics of Turin). Her thesis work has demonstrated that the ALICE programme of cosmic-ray data taking can contribute to perform studies of relevance to astro-particle physics, allowing for the first time to satisfactorily reproduce the rate of very high muon multiplicity events with hadronic interaction models.
A month earlier, on the 4th of May, Dr. Sandro Bjelogrlić from the Utrecht University, The Netherlands, completed his PhD thesis on “Azimuthal angular correlations of D mesons and charged particles with the ALICE detector at the LHC”. His work was supervised by Prof. Andre Mischke and Raimond Snellings (Utrecht University) and it has contributed to the understanding of the interaction of Heavy Quarks with high-density strongly interacting systems.
The ALICE Matters team, Paolo Guibellino, Spokesperson, and Peter Braun-Munzinger, Chair of the Collaboration Board, wish Dr. Katherin Shtejer Diaz and Dr. Sandro Bjelogrlić a very successful continuation of their scientific careers.