New Staff members and fellows: December 2016 - February 2017
I joined the CERN CMS group in January as a research fellow. My PhD was with CEA Saclay (France), on the search for the Higgs boson and for anomalous quartic gauge couplings with the D0 experiment (Tevatron). I then decided to move to heavy ion physics, joining the CMS group in École polytechnique (France) as a postdoc for 3 years and studying electroweak boson and quarkonium production, now coordinating the corresponding physics subgroup in CMS. I also have some interest in statistics and muon reconstruction and triggering. As a CERN fellow I keep continuity with this work, in particular regarding electroweak bosons and nuclear PDF constraints.
Having obtained a Master’s degree in Russian philology and the English language, I have worked for a few international companies before joining CERN as a staff member in December 2016.I am honoured to have the opportunity to play a key facilitating role in the Experimental Physics Department by being part of the great ATLAS Secretariat team. My task is to provide a wide range of administrative services which currently involve booking of the conference rooms, contributing to the update of the databases and handling physicists’ queries.
I joined the ISOLDE facility as a COFUND fellow at the start of October having previously been active in a number of ISOLDE's experiments as a user. I completed my PhD in Liverpool (UK) in 2012 and have had post-doc positions in Leuven (Belgium) and Paisley (UK) since. My main focus will be experiments with HIE-ISOLDE, the new post-accelerator for radioactive ion beams. Primarily this will be utilising the Miniball spectrometer, for which I am now responsible, in the study of nuclear-structure physics with low-energy nuclear reactions such as Coulomb-excitation and few-nucleon transfer.
After finishing my PhD in the NA62 experiment, I joined the DT-DI unit as a Fellow in January 2017. My objective is the development and support of a combined Data Acquisition and Control systems for experiments at CERN. I will take part in the development and commissioning of the FELIX-based readout system and of the Run Control system for the protoDUNE Single Phase detector, which is now being installed at the CERN neutrino facility. These will serve as building blocks for the design of the future DAQ/Control system to be proposed to small-to-medium sized experiments at CERN.
I'm working in the BRIL group under the supervision of Anne Dabrowski and Karl Gill since January 2017. Just today with a big effort of all group members we finished the installation of the upgraded Fast Beam Conditions Monitor (BCM1F detector). It is based on three sensor kinds: poly- and single crystal diamond and silicon. It will be used for luminosity and background measurements in 2017-2018 operation. Both of these measurements are extremely important for LHC and CMS. After the commissioning period I will concentrate on the data analyses, comparison of different sensors response, radiation damage monitoring and linearity studies, including also supervision of the summer student and the technical student. Talking about projects in development, I will work close with pixel detector experts on the pixel detector extension for the luminosity measurements.
I joined the EP-ESE-BE section as a Fellow working in the optics group. My work concerns the development and evaluation of a new generation of radiation hard optical transceivers using silicon photonics. I obtained a Master degree in Advanced Materials Science and a PhD degree in Physics at Graz University of Technology. I did my master thesis as well as my PhD thesis in cooperation with the Institute of Solid State Physics and ams AG, a sensor solution company, based in Austria. My work focused on photodetectors and especially the carrier transport, processed in silicon CMOS technologies.
I have been working in the ATLAS collaboration since 2007. I joined the EP-ADT-TR group as a COFOUND research fellow in 2013, working on searches for Supersymmetry and studies of B-mesons rare decays. As a member of the Level-1 Central Trigger (L1CT) team, I was also involved in the commissioning and the operation of the L1CT system which underwent a major upgrade for the LHC Run 2. I now pursue my involvement in the L1CT team as an applied physicist. I am in charge of the operation of the L1CT and I will coordinate the software development for the Phase-I upgrade.
María Moreno Llácer
I am an experimental physicist working at the CERN ATLAS group as research fellow. I obtained my PhD in Valencia (Spain) on the commissioning of the ATLAS experiment and top-quark physics analysis. In 2013, I started as postdoctoral researcher in Goettingen (Germany) and worked on the search for Higgs bosons produced in association with top-quark pairs, Monte-Carlo validation and modeling studies. Now, my primary research interest is the understanding of the top-quarks couplings to bosons (Higgs, W and Z). In addition, I am contributing to the upgrade of the ATLAS pixel detector and to the R&D for future silicon detectors.
I am an experimental particle physicist. I have started my Fellowship at CERN in November 2016 for the ATLAS experiment focussing on the Future Circular Collider (FCC) project. I have finished my PhD at the University of Hamburg, Germany in October 2016 where I worked at DESY within the CALICE collaboration on new calorimeter technologies for a future linear collider experiment. The next few years I will participate in the phase II upgrade efforts of the ATLAS hadronic calorimeter in the TileCal group, and work on the FCC-hh detector. Specifically, on the optimisation of the HCAL design and on the development of a particle flow algorithm for the event reconstruction. My final goal is to give a glimpse of the physics reach of a 100TeV machine, as an input for the European Strategy for Particle Physics in 2020.
I joined LHCb experiment (LBO - Detector Operation section) as mechanical engineer. I will work on the LHCb Upgrade program by preparing the detectors dismantling and installation in LS2. As member of the LHCb design office I will also oversee the integration of new detector systems. I am not a newcomer in the EP department as I am working and based at CERN (as user) since 1981: at that time I joined CERN to work on ALEPH detector prototypes, initially for a period of 3 month...
Having studied physics and mathematics at University of Heidelberg and obtained a PhD in computer science at University of Frankfurt, I started my fellowship at CERN for the ALICE collaboration in January 2017. I am contributing to the developments for online reconstruction, calibration, and data compression both for the current Run 2 and for the upcoming ALICE online offline computing upgrade for Run 3. My focus is on fast algorithms leveraging the potential of modern computer architectures, in particular the utilization of graphics cards for high performance computations.
For my fellowship I have joined the CLOUD collaboration. CLOUD investigates the formation as well as growth of various aerosols and their impact on the climate. Aerosols are the nuclei around which could droplets form. My main tasks will be the improvement of the modelling of aerosol processes using CLOUD data as well as the analysis of the latter. Additionally, I will be involved in the future annual experimental campaigns at CERN. On site, I am working together with Jasper Kirkby and Antti Onnela. However, I also have a strong collaboration with the University of Leeds, where the climate and aerosol model is hosted.
I am a mechanical engineer. I worked in the ATLAS Experiment design office for the upgrade of the ATLAS pixel detector and for the upgrade of the New Small Wheel. I performed the design of structures and components, and the analyses needed to verify the structural stability. I have recently joined the LHCb Experiment design office. I am taking care of the coordination of particular collaborations activities between CERN and collaborative institutes. Structural investigations of different systems is also another important part of the job activities.
I recently joined the CERN ATLAS ID group as a fellow after having worked for several years as post-doc at the University of Toronto on ATLAS. I will work on the beam conditions monitors (BCM, BLM), which provide protection against large LHC losses, luminosity and beam back- ground measurements, and on the ATLAS radiation monitor (RadMon). Moreover, I will be involved in the recommissioning of the Diamond Beam Detector (DBM). I also plan to contribute to the operations of the ATLAS strip detector and to the strip detector upgrade.
I am a physicist and I finished my PhD in ALICE end of last year at the university of Muenster in Germany. Now I continued to work for ALICE as fellow in the computing group. In this new role I am maintaining and further developing a centralized analysis system which I started to work on as a PhD student. I will participate in the development of the future analysis framework. Additionally I am involved in the technical aspects of the analysis and data preservation.