CBM Collaboration awards two PhD students


For their doctoral theses at GSI and FAIR, Dr. Hanna Malygina and Dr. Ievgenii Kres received the dissertation prize of the CBM collaboration for outstanding final theses in 2018 and 2019. The prizes were awarded at the 35th CBM Collaboration Meeting from March 23 to 27, which was held as a video conference due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The prize for the best thesis of 2018 was awarded to Hanna Malygina from the University of Frankfurt. In her final thesis entitled "Hit reconstruction for the Silicon Tracking System of the CBM experiment" she developed algorithms for the Silicon Tracking System (STS), where particle tracks can be measured with high efficiency and good momentum resolution. A model of the detector response was designed and implemented into the CBM software framework.

Ievgenii Kres from the University of Wuppertal was awarded the thesis prize 2019 for his work entitled "Optimization of the CBM-RICH detector geometry and its use for the reconstruction of neutral mesons using conversion method". He developed an optimized geometry for the RICH detector and was able to show that the new geometry leads to improved performance in the identification of dileptons.

Since 2015, the PhD prize has been awarded by the CBM collaboration for the best dissertation of a year produced in the CBM experiment. An international committee consisting of scientists from the collaboration selects the prize winners. The award is intended to particularly acknowledge the contribution of PhD students to the CBM project and is endowed with a prize money of 500€.

The CBM experiment is one of the key experiments at the future Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR). It focuses on the investigation of high-density nuclear matter, as it exists in neutron stars and in the core of supernova explosions. More than 400 researchers from 66 institutes and 13 countries work together in the collaboration. (JL)