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Lucie de Nooij | NIKHEF | The Netherlands

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How to start a PhD

It is a hassle to get started, I also heard it is hassle to finish it: the job as a PhD. So far, I have read two books and a dozen of articles, taught first year’s students how to calculate the magnetic field around some current and gave a presentation in Paris about my graduation project. It sounds like it is going well, but I have not produced a single thing that is remotely thesis-worthy. But I understand that this quiet normal after two months.

During my PhD I will life and work at CERN for a year. My service task will involve the ATLAS inner detector, the SCT detector to be more precise. The Semi Conductor Detector is made out of silicon strips that are placed overlapping under a small angle to measure the position and energy of traversing particles. My service task will be to basically keep an eye on the detector while it is operational in the near future.

ATLAS inner detector

The ATLAS inner detector consists of tree parts: the pixel detector closest to the interaction point, the SCT detector and the TRT detector on the outside. The forward SRC was built partly at Nikhef.

About this near future: I dreamed (yes, it is getting a little obsessive) that the LHC started to run ealier…

For now, I advise myself not to panic and to go to work tomorrow 🙂

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