PANDA Collaboration honors PhD: Theory Prize for Dr. Antoni Woss


Dr. Antoni Woss has been honoured with the PANDA Theory PhD Prize 2020 for his doctoral thesis at the University of Cambridge. The award was presented at the most recent Online PANDA Collaboration Meeting. Physicist Antoni Woss received the prize of €200 and a certificate for her dissertation titled "The scattering of spinning hadrons from lattice QCD". His doctoral advisor was Professor Dr. Christopher Thomas from the University of Cambridge.

The PANDA Collaboration has awarded the Theory PhD Prize for the second time in order to honor the best theory dissertation written in connection with the PANDA Experiment and its science program. 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. Woss developed and then applied state-of-the-art lattice QCD methods to determine precisely the properties and interactions of hadronic resonances - a very important topic for the PANDA physics program. Candidates for the 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 Theory PhD Prize to specifically honor students’ contributions to the PANDA project and to highlight the importance of cooperation with theory groups. (BP)