Nuclear Physics A: Young Scientist Awards


all-winners-03-2011Best Experimental Talk:
Alice Ohlson “Jet-hadron correlations in STAR

Stefan Heckel “Event-by-event mean pT fluctuations in pp and Pb-Pb collisions measured by the ALICE experiment at the LHC

Best Theory Talk
Hannu Holopainen “Event-by-event hydrodynamics and elliptic flow from fluctuating initial state”.

The 2011 Nuclear Physics A Young Scientist Awards were presented at QuarkMatter on May 23-28, 2011 in Annecy, France.


INPC-AwardFriday6_smallBest poster presentation:
Young Jin Kim, Indiana University, USA
“An Experimental Search on the Electron EDM Based on Solid-State Techniques”

Evan Rand, Guelph, Canada
“Geant4 Simulations for the Radon Electric Dipole Moment Search at TRIUMF”

Thomas Brunner, TU Munich, Germany
“In Trap double-beta spectroscopy at TITAN”

Paul07k_smallBest Oral Presentation:

Paul Finlay, Guelph, Canada
“Ultra-High Precision Half-Life and Branching Ratio Measurements for the Super-allowed beta+ Emitter 26mAl”


lapointeBest Poster Presentation: Sarah LaPointe
Sarah LaPointe is currently a Wayne State University, Ph.D. Candidate (anticipated graduation in December 2009). Her work in preparation for her Ph.D. thesis concerns the reconstruction of D-mesons in STAR using the Silicon Vertex Tracker (SVT), by means of their two-body decay, D0 -> K+π. This study is performed in Cu+Cu and Au+Au collisions at √s = 200 GeV. The reconstruction is done using the secondary vertexing method, along with the search for optimization of variables for the best signal to background selection. A successful measurement of D-mesons using this method would be the first of its kind in relativistic heavy ion physics. After graduation her immediate goal is a post-doctoral position in heavy ion physics.

ploskonBest Oral Presentation: Mateusz Ploskon
Mateusz Ploskon received his master of science degree at Jagiellonian University(2001). During his Ph.D. studies he worked at GSI Darmstadt on KaoS experiment analyzing elliptic flow of kaons and antikaons at SIS energies. I received his Ph.D. at J.-W. Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany in 2005. His first postoc: Institute for Kernphysik at Frankfurt University (work within CERES and ALICE collaboration). Focus on a) high-pt correlations (CERES and ALICE) and b) High Level Trigger for ALICE. Mateusz is currently working as a postdoc at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA. Working within ALICE (EMCAL project, jet physics, High Level Trigger) and STAR Collaboration (full jet reconstruction with STAR at RHIC – on which his presentation at Quark Matter was based).


 karagiorgiBest Poster Presentation: Georgia Karagiorgi
Georgia Karagiorgi is a graduate student at MIT. She has been working in the field of neutrino oscillations since the beginning of her graduate studies in 2005.

Since June 2007 she has been located at Fermilab, where she has been conducting her thesis research on the electron antineutrino appearance analysis at MiniBooNE. This search for muon neutrino to electron neutrino oscillations at short baselines has been motivated by the LSND result, and first results will be presented this December

Best Oral Presentation: Doron Gazit

gazitDoron Gazit is a research associate at the Institute for Nuclear Theory, University of Washington. He has completed his PhD at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in October 2007 on the subject of "Electro-weak interactions in light nuclei", where he also did his MSc. in Physics and his BSc. in Physics and Mathematics.

His research focuses on accurate modelling and calculation of few-body nuclei, which can be used to constrain the properties of the nucleon. In particular, he used muon capture on 3He to give stringent constraints on the pseudo-scalar form factor, and second class terms, including the tightest bound to date on the conservation of vector current (CVC) hypothesis.


From left to right: Prof. Johanna Stachel (representing Elsevier), Torsten Dahms, Pandiat Sankar Saumia, Monika Sharma, Andre Mischke


nupha-ysa-2007 Monika Sharma, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
“Beam energy and system size dependence of dynamical net charge fluctuations”

Pandiat Sankar Saumia, Institute of Physics, Bubhaneswar, India
“Superhorizon fluctuations and acustic oscillations in relativistic heavy ion coll.”


Best Oral presentations:
Torsten Dahms, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Stony Brook University, USA
“Measurement of thermal photons in heavy ion collisions with PHENIX”

Dr. Andre Mischke, Institute Subatomaire Physics, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
“Heavyflavor particle correlations in STAR via electron azimuthal correlations with open charm mesons”

Nuclear Physics A focuses on the domain of nuclear and hadronic physics and includes the following subsections: Nuclear Structure and Dynamics; Intermediate and High Energy Heavy Ion Phyiscs; Hadronic Physics; Electromagnetic and Weak Interactions; Nuclear Astrophysics.