Dr. Walter Ikegami Andersson receives the PhD Award of the PANDA Collaboration


Dr. Walter Ikegami Andersson has received the PANDA PhD Prize 2020 for his doctoral thesis at GSI, FAIR, and the University Uppsala. The award was announced by the spokesperson of the PANDA Collaboration, Klaus Peters from the GSI Helmholtzzentrum, at the most recent Online PANDA Collaboration meeting.

Physicist Walter Ikegami Andersson received the prize of €200 and a certificate for his dissertation titled "Exploring the Merits and Challenges of Hyperon Physics with PANDA at FAIR". His doctoral advisor was Professor Dr. Karin Schönning from the Uppsala University.

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 450 scientists from 18 countries currently work in the PANDA Collaboration. In his dissertation, Dr. Andersson studied the production and study of hyperons - baryons with at least one strange quark - which is an important research program at 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)