More than 65 scientists attended the prestigious international Hot Quarks 2018 conference (7-14 September). This workshop on heavy-ions, aimed particularly at young scientists and students, took place on the picturesque Texel Island in the Netherlands and was co-organised by Dr. Jana Bielčíková, the leader of the STAR group at the Nuclear Physics Institute of Czech Academy of Sciences. Two students of the Czech Technical University in Prague, Ing. Jan Vaněk and Ing. Oliver Matonoha, had the privilege to come to this conference and present their latest results from the research they conduct at the STAR experiment. Jan talked about his analysis of the open-charmed mesons and what can we learn from it about the quark energy losses in the Quark Gluon Plasma, whereas Oliver presented measurements on the Upsilon production and the methods to use them to study the plasma temperature.
Na festivale Colours of Ostrava (18.-21.7.2018) se tým studentek a studentů z KF a KDAIZ zúčastnil s fyzikální show, která probíhala každý den na společném stánku se Světem techniky Ostrava. Účastníci se mohli podívat a vyzkoušet experimenty z jaderné a částicové fyziky. Studenti také přispěli do programu přednášek o fyzice Science Garden (https://www.colours.cz/ucinkujici/science-garden), která je součástí oficiálního programu Meltingpot Plus. Tento nápad vznikl v rámci skupiny IPPOG CR, která se zaobírá popularizací částicové fyziky a naše účast je podpořená projektem BNL-CZ.
RNDr. Petr Chaloupka, Ph.D. (FNSPE CTU in Prague) has become a one out of three co-Conveners for Heavy Flavor Group on the experiment STAR.
Petr graduated from Charles University in 2001 and continued his Ph.D. studies. During this time he worked at the NPI CAS and was on long stays in BNL or Berkeley. From 2012 he works at the FNSPE, where beside the experimental studies of ultra-relativistic heavy-ion collisions at STAR experiment at BNL also teaches Subnuclear Physics, Introduction to experimental physics 1, 2 and supervising Bc., MSc. and Ph.D. students.
On 10-15.7.2017 a 17th International Conference on Strangeness in Quark Matter was held in Utrecht, Netherlands. Our student, Ing. Jindřich Lidrych (FNSPE CTU in Prague), had his presentation on Kaon femtoscopy in Au+Au collisions from the Beam Energy Scan at the STAR experiment.
Scientists from FNSPE CTU in Prague and NPI CAS with colleagues from the other countries participating in the STAR experiment revealed that the fluid produced in heavy ion collisions (quark-gluon plasma) is the most vortical system so far observed. The discovery was published in the prestige magazine Nature and placed it on the title page.
On 5-12.7. 2017 the European Physical Society Conference on High Energy Physics, which is one of the major international conferences for HEP, was this year held in Venice, Italy. At this conference, two of our students (Ing. Miroslav Šimko and Bc. Oliver Matonoha) presented their up to date research progress and one student (Ing. Lukáš Kramárik) presented his poster.