PANDA Collaboration honors PhD: Prize for Dr. Erik Etzelmüller
Dr. Erik Etzelmüller has received the PANDA PhD Prize 2017 for his doctoral thesis at GSI, FAIR, and the Justus Liebig University in Gießen. The award was presented by the spokesman of the Panda Collaboration, Klaus Peters from GSI, at the most recent Panda Collaboration meeting at the BINP in Novosibirsk.
Physicist Erik Etzelmüller, 30, received the prize of €200 and a certificate for his dissertation titled“Developments towards the technical design and prototype of the PANDA Endcap Disc DIRC“. His doctoral advisor was Professor Dr. Michael Düren from the Justus Liebig University in Gießen. The Panda Collaboration has awarded the PhD Prize once per year since 2013 in order to honor the best dissertation written in connection with the Panda Experiment. Panda will be one of the key experiments of the future accelerator center FAIR. The experiment focuses on antimatter research as well as on various topics related to the weak and the strong force, exotic states of matter, and the structure of hadrons. More than 500 scientists from 17 countries currently work in the Panda Collaboration.
In his dissertation, Dr. Etzelmüller studied the Endcap Disc DIRC, a Cherenkov detector that forms one of the main components of the charged particle identification of the Panda detector, which is being built at the FAIR accelerator facility.
Candidates for the PhD Prize are nominated by their doctoral advisors. In addition to being directly related to the Panda Experiment, the nominees’ doctoral degrees must have received a rating of “very good” or better. Up to three candidates are shortlisted for the award and can present their dissertations at the Panda Collaboration meeting. The winner is chosen by a committee that is appointed for this task by the Panda Collaboration. The Panda Collaboration awards the PhD Prize to specifically honor students’ contributions to the Panda project.