Master student Projects
Projects for Master students in the Nikhef/UU ALICE group
date: August 2013
This is an overview of the available Master student projects in the ALICE group at Nikhef and Utrecht University.
If you have your own research proposal, need more detailed information on the (availability) of individual proposals or would like to discuss about other available projects in the group you are always welcome to contact either the contact person for the project and/or the ALICE group leaders:
Raimond Snellings ___ [ E-mail: snellings_at_nikhef.nl]
ALICE and the Quark Gluon Plasma
The research in ALICE focuses on the strong interaction. In particular, we use high-energy collisions of lead nuclei to study many-body systems in which the strong interaction is the main force. In these collisions, we expect to form a hot and dense system in which quarks and gluons are effectively deconfined: the Quark Gluon Plasma (QGP). The goal of the research is to understand the properties of the QGP, including transport properties such as viscosity and parton energy loss.
Master projects in the Nikhef ALICE group
|1) Jet fragmentation in the Quark Gluon Plasma|
Supervisors: Marco van Leeuwen (staf) and Redmer Bertens (PhD student)
One of the ways to study the Quark Gluon Plasma is to study the fragmentation of high-energy partohns that are formed in the initial stages of the collision and then propagate outward. The parton loses energy due to interaction with the QGP. The main mechanism for energy loss is expected to be medium-inducde gluon radiation. In this project, we will study the distributions of hadrons in jets to study the energy- and momentum distribution of medium-induced radiation.
|2) Elliptic flow in the Quark Gluon Plasma|
Supervisors: Raimond Snellings (staf) and ..
|3) Heavy flavour production|
Supervisors: Andre Mischke (staf) and ..
|4) Performance of a digital calorimeter prototype|
Supervisors: Thomas Peitzmann and Gert-Jan Nooren (staff)
We are developing a new technology for Electromagnetic Calorimetry, with unprecedented lateral resolution for electron/photon showers, using silicon pixel detectors. Several test beam experiments have been performed and we have place for a student to contribute to the analysis of the data to characterise the energy and position resolution of the detector. In addition, the student can contribute to tests with cosmic muons that are being performed to optimise the performance of the detector chips.