PhD Prize for Dr. Stefan Diehl

PANDA Collaboration honors PhD

Professor James Ritman (right) presented the award to Dr. Stefan Diehl. (Photo: Udo Kurilla)

Dr. Stefan Diehl was honoured for his work contributing to the construction of the PANDA detector. (Picture: PANDA collaboration)

Dr. Stefan Diehl has received the PANDA PhD Prize 2016 for his doctoral thesis at GSI, FAIR, and the Justus Liebig University in Giessen. The award was presented by the spokesman of the PANDA Collaboration, James Rittman from Forschungszentrum Jülich, at the most recent PANDA Collaboration meeting at the Helmholtz Institute in Mainz.


Physicist Stefan Diehl, 28, received the prize of €200 and a certificate for his dissertation titled Optimization of the Influence of Longitudinal and Lateral Non-Uniformity on the Performance of an Electromagnetic Calorimeter. His doctoral advisors were Professor Kai-Thomas Brinkmann and Dr. Rainer Novotny from the Justus Liebig University in Giessen.


The PANDA Collaboration has awarded the PhD Prize once per year since 2013 in order to honor the best dissertation written in connection with the PANDA Experiment. 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 500 scientists from 17 countries currently work in the PANDA Collaboration.


In his dissertation, Dr. Stefan Diehl studied the electromagnetic calorimeter (EMC) that forms one of the main components of the PANDA detector, which is being built at the FAIR accelerator facility in order to carry out measurements of photons and electrons.


Candidates for the PhD 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 PhD Prize to specifically honor students’ contributions to the PANDA project.


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