PANDA Collaboration honors PhD: Prize for Dr. Silke Grieser


Dr. Silke Grieser has been honoured with the Panda PhD Prize 2019 for her doctoral thesis at GSI, FAIR, and the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster. She received the award at the most recent PANDA Collaboration Meeting in Darmstadt.

Dr. Silke Griese received the prize for her dissertation titled „Cluster-Jet Targets for the PANDA-, MAGIX-, and CryoFlash-Experiments at Hadron-, Lepton-, and Laser-Facilities“. Her doctoral advisor was Professor Alfons Khoukaz from the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster. The award was presented by the spokesman of the Panda Collaboration, Klaus Peters from GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung.

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 20 countries currently work in the Panda Collaboration. In her dissertation, Dr. Silke Grieser studied various aspects of Cluster Jets in order to produce an abundant number of exotic particles within 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. (BP)