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Anticipated interdisciplinary PhD theses

Examples of new and interdisciplinary dissertation topics are given here. They show the possibilities of interesting, interdisciplinary projects that are ideally tackled in a doctoral thesis. In each case we provide a short title (modifications possible) and the names of potential supervisors from different fields or faculties. The projects are grouped according to the intersections between particle physics, astroparticle physics and technology. There will be numerous additional dissertation topics in the individual research fields that are not listed here.

 

Joint topics between particle/astroparticle physics and informatics/computer science

  • Improving new methodology and algorithms for simulation of ultra high-energy cosmic rays – Engel, Streit (Poghosyan)
  • Optimisation and enhancement of parallelized computer algebraic program systems for quantum field theory – Steinhauser, Streit (Poghosyan)
  • GPU-based 3D-visualisation for particle physics –Weber (Kopmann), Streit (Poghosyan)
  • Data-intensive computing using drop-box like frontend – Streit (Kunze),Weber (Stotzka)
  • Optimized scheduling for particle physics on many-core cluster environments – Streit (Heiss)
  • Optimized and fault-tolerant systems for particle physics computing – Streit (Heiss), Weber (Stotzka)
  • Data querying systems for optimized job and data placement – Streit (Heiss), Weber (Stotzka)
  • Numerical evaluation of loop integrals using GPUs – Steinhauser, Weber (Kopmann)

 

Joint topics related to neutrino physics (KATRIN) and technology

  • Electron cyclotron resonance - a novel tool to actively suppress background in the KATRIN spectrometers from trapped particles by HF technologies – Drexlin (Glück), Weber (Wüstling)
  • Optimized tritium retention techniques based on condensing Argon frost at 3-6 K – Noe (Bornschein), Drexlin (Wolf)
  • Bolometric read-out technology for KATRIN; optimisation of high resolution electron spectroscopy at 18.6 keV – Drexlin (Schl ¨osser), Weber (Kopmann)
  • Bolometric read-out technology for KATRIN; design of a 50 mK horizontal open cryostat for a high resolution bolometer – Noe (Grohmann), Drexlin (Steidl)
  • MRI technology for KATRIN; a novel approach to neutrino masses below 200 meV – Noe (Schneider, Gil), Drexlin (Bornschein)
  • GHz Antenna technology for detection of synchrotron radiation from trapped 18.6 keV beta-electrons in an MRI magnet – Weber (Wüstling), Drexlin (Thümmler)
  • Integration of KATRIN electromagnetic code KASSIOPEIA into GEANT4 framework – Drexlin (Glück), Streit (Poghosyan)
  • Parallelizing the electromagnetic code KASSIOPEIA – Drexlin (Glück), Streit (Poghosyan)
  • Near Real-time analysis of KATRIN data – Drexlin (Bornschein), Weber (Kopmann)

 

Joint topics between particle/astroparticle physics and technology: electronics & data processing

  • Radio Measurements of Cosmic Rays with Tunka-Rex – Haungs, Schröder
  • Development of electronics interconnection technologies for next-generation particle physics detectors” – Weber (Caselle, Dierlamm), Husemann
  • Validation of depleted MAPS processes for particle detectors – Müller, Weber, Dierlamm
  • Silicon sensors at very high radiation environments; comparison of 3D and thin planar pixels – Husemann, Dierlamm
  • Characterization of silicon sensors from different vendors for the CMS Phase 2 Outer Tracker – Müller, Dierlamm
  • Belle II-PXD Hit-Recovery by Online-Cluster-Analysis on an FPGA – Becker (Sander), Feindt (Heck)
  • FPGA-Based Architecture for a Low-Latency Track Trigger – Becker (Sander), Weber
  • Cosmic shower radio detection with AERA: determination and optimization of the trigger efficiency and data analysis – Weber (Kleifges), Haungs
  • Electronic system design, development and operation for dark matter detection with EDELWEISS and EURECA – Weber (Kleifges), Eitel, Siegel
  • Concept, design and prototyping of a highly integrated Tb/s electro-optical data transmission path for future particle detectors – Weber (Schneider), Leuthold, Becker
  • Production and commissioning of the pixel detector for the upgrade of the CMS experiment at LHC – Weber (Caselle), Husemann, Müller
  • Development of radiation hard diamond sensors as beam monitors for the LHC – Weber, de Boer
  • Combining constraints from Edelweiss, AMS-02 and LHC on Supersymmetry – Eitel, de Boer (Gebauer)

 

Joint topics involving informatics/computer science, electronics & data processing

  • Heterogenous computing and reconfiguration for high-performance image reconstruction in 3D ultrasonic computer tomography for breast cancer diagnosis –Weber (Ruiter), Becker (Hübner)
  • Efficient simulation and analysis of extensive air showers of ultra-high energy on modern parallel computing architectures – Streit (Poghosyan), Engel
  • Efficient simulation and analysis of radio emission simulation code REAS – Huege, Streit (Poghosyan)
  • Development of a pattern recognition algorithm to search for clouds in the field of view of Auger telescopes and JEM-EUSO and implementation of the results in a database with high-speed access – Weber (Kopmann), Keilhauer
  • Development and Installation of an advanced data center for cosmic ray data for public use – Streit (Heiss), Haungs
  • Design and construction of prototype scintillator stations for the dedicated measurement of the electromagnetic shower component of low-energy showers in the Pierre Auger Observatory – Weber (Kleifges), Roth
  • Design and construction of a ground and in-flight calibration system for the space fluorescence telescope JEM-EUSO – Weber, Haungs

 

Joint topics between particle and astroparticle physics

  • Design and development of a muon-sensitive detector system to determine the mass composition of cosmic rays at highest energies – Roth
  • Modeling universal air shower features and their application to data of the Pierre Auger Observatory – Roth
  • Development of a new version of the hadronic interaction models for the simulation of extensive air showers. The recently published and expected LHC data will be used to update the model – Müller, Engel (Ulrich)
  • Analysis of KASCADE-Grande data and comparison with astrophysical models on the origin of the knee and the galactic- extragalactic transition of the source of cosmic rays – Haungs, forthcoming astroparticle theorist
  • Measurement of kaon and antiproton production yields in proton- and pion-carbon interactions with the NA61 experiment at CERN – Engel
  • Measurement of GHz radiation produced in air showers due to molecular bremsstrahlung in a dedicated laboratory experiment and the Electron Light Facility of the Telescope Array experiment. – Engel
  • Test of the Performance of Cosmic Ray Hadronic Interaction Models at the Large Hadron Collider – Müller, Ulrich
  • The MHz radio emission of air showers will be verified by accelerator measurements at Stanford – Huege
  • Standardization of Auger data analysis for events measured by radio plus surface detectors and/or fluorescence telescopes – Huege
  • Dark energy and TeV-scale physics – Klinkhamer, Zeppenfeld, Drexlin