Published: 30 September 2016

On 31 August 2016 Rigoberto Cruz Albino from Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional (CINVESTAV), Mexico City, Mexico, successfully defended his thesis, titled "Coherent rho0 photoproduction at LHC". It was done under the supervision of Prof Gerardo A. Herrera Corral (CINVESTAV) and the co-supervision of Prof Daniel Tapia Takaki (Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Kansas). Rigoberto’s work contributed to the understanding of photoproduction processes in hadronic collisions. He also carried on the online monitoring and QA of the V0 detector.

Deepika Rathee from the Panjab University, Chandigarh, India, completed her thesis on 8 August 2016 under the supervision of Prof Madan Aggarwal (Panjab University). Her work is titled "Study of event-by-event fluctuations in heavy ion collisions in ALICE at LHC" and with it she contributed to the understanding of particle ratio fluctuations in nucleus-nucleus collisions. She also carried the online monitoring and QA of the Photon Multiplicity Detector (PMD).

Jeremy Wilkinson from the Heidelberg University defended his thesis on "Analysis of D0 and D+- meson production in pp and p–Pb collisions with ALICE at the LHC” on 29 July 2016. His work was supervised by Dr Kai Schweda (Heidelberg University) and it contributed to the understanding of the development of collectivity and of the importance of multi-parton interactions at the highest multiplicities. He also contributed to the integration and installation of the Transition Radiation Detector (TRD).

A few days before that, on 22 July, Pedro González Zamora from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, defended his thesis on "Measurement of the pi0 meson properties through its Dalitz decay channel in pp and p-pPb collisions with the ALICE experiment at the LHC ". His supervisors were Dr Ana María Marín García (GSI) and Prof Pedro Ladrón de Guevara Montero (CIEMAT and Universidad Complutense de Madrid). Pedro’s work contributed to the understanding of production of neutral mesons in high-energy hadronic collisions.

“Full kinematic reconstruction of charged B mesons with the upgraded Inner Tracking System of the ALICE experiment” was the title of Johannes Stiller’s thesis. After successfully defended it on 11 May 2016, his PhD was granted by the Combined Faculties of the Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Heidelberg University, Germany. Done under the supervision of Dr Kai Schweda (Heidelberg University), Johannes’ work contributed to the understanding of the physics opportunities with the Upgraded ALICE detector. He also contributed to the developing of the fast simulation tool for the central barrel upgrade simulation of rare probes.

Last but not least, Cristiane Jahnke from Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Brazil, defended her thesis, titled "Measurement of electrons from heavy-flavour hadron decays in p-Pb collisions at √sNN = 5.02 TeV using TPC and EMCal detectors with ALICE at LHC" on 2 May 2016. Done under the supervision of Prof Marcelo Gameiro Munhoz (USP), Cristiane’s work contributed to the understanding of the heavy-flavour production in proton-nucleus collisions. She also helped with the study of the material budget in front of the ALICE Electromagnetic Calorimeter (EMCal).