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Projects for Master students in the Nikhef/UU ALICE group

date: August 2013

This is an overview with all 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 Snelling ___ [ 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 collisons of lead nuclei to study many-body systems in which the strong interaction is the 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)


Research description:

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 ..


Research description:


3) Heavy flavour production


Supervisors: Andre Mischke (staf) and ..


Research description:

4) Performance of a digital calorimeter prototype


Supervisors: Thomas Peitzmann and Gert-Jan Nooren (staff)


Research description:

We are developing a new technology for Electromagnetic Calorimetry, with unprecedented lateral resoltuion for electron/photon shower, using silicon pixel detectors. Several test beam expereiments have been performed and we have place for a student to contribute to the analysis of the data to characterise the energy and position resoltuion of teh detector. In addition, the student can contribute to tests with cosmic muons that are being performed to optimise the performance of the detector chips.

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