The Group Members

Head of the Group

Prof. Dr. Dr. Livia Ludhova
  • Focus of Research: Livia Ludhova is specialized in low-energy neutrino physics with large-volume liquid-scintillator detectors. She is a member of the Borexino collaboration since 2005 and currently serves in a role of its physics co-coordinator. She joined the JUNO collaboration in 2014 and is a member of its recently established Analysis Coordination Committee. Livia Ludhova has a long-term experience with the measurement of solar neutrinos and geoneutrinos.

Contact:
  • Phone: +49 2461 61 4280
  • E-mail: l.ludhova_AT_fz-juelich.de
  • Personal Travel and Photography Web: www.livialudhova.com

Guest scientist

Dr Hexi SHI (Kaku)
  • November 2022 - December 2022 Guest researcher
  • Focus of research:
  • Sensitivity study of geoneutrino and neutrino mass ordering, Geant4 Monte Carlo simulation in JUNO experiment.

Contact:
  • Phone: +49 2461 61 4123
  • E-mail: shihexi_AT_gmail.com

Doctoral Students

Runxuan Liu M.Sc.
  • August 2019 - Present (Doctoral student)
  • Thesis Title: Neutrino physics with JUNO: setup of the OSIRIS pre-detector and data analysis
  • Also known as Ricky

Contact:
  • Phone: +49 2461 61 4735
  • E-mail: r.liu_AT_fz-juelich.de

Cornelius Vollbrecht M.Sc.
  • September 2019 - Present (Doctoral student)
  • Thesis Title: Hardware development and data analysis for the JUNO and OSIRIS detectors.

Contact:
  • Phone (Jülich): +49 2461 61 4735
  • Phone (Aachen): +49 241 80 27328
  • E-mail: m.vollbrecht_AT_fz-juelich.de

Mariam Rifai M.Sc.
  • September 2020 - Present (Doctoral student)
  • Thesis Title: Reconstruction in large volumes of liquid scintillator.

Contact:
  • Phone: +49 2461 61 4735
  • E-mail: m.rifai_AT_fz-juelich.de

Luca Pelicci M.Sc.
  • November 2020 - Present (Doctoral student)
  • Thesis Title: Measurements of astrophysical neutrinos and neutrino properties in liquid scintillators.

Contact:
  • Phone: +49 2461 61 4123
  • E-mail: lucapelicci_AT_gmail.com

Apeksha Singhal M.Sc.

Contact:
  • Phone: +49 2461 61 4123
  • E-mail: apeksha.singhal_AT_rwth-aachen.de

Nikhil Mohan M.Sc.
  • October 2021 - Present (Doctoral student)
  • Thesis Title: Neutrino Physics with the JUNO detector - Determination of Neutrino Mass Ordering.

Contact:
  • Phone: +49 2461 61 4735
  • E-mail: n.mohan_AT_gsi.de

Anita Meraviglia M.Sc.
  • May 2022 - Present (Doctoral student)
  • Thesis Title: Low-energy neutrino physics and neutrino properties with the JUNO experiment

  • April 2021 - September 2021 (Master student part of Erasmus+Traineeship program)
  • Thesis Title: Sensitivity to 7Be, pep and CNO solar neutrinos detection with the JUNO experiment

Contact:
  • Phone: +49 2461 61 4735
  • E-mail: a.meraviglia_AT_gsi.de

Former group members

Post Docs

Dr. Nafis Rezwan Khan Chowdhury
  • June 2022 - September 2022 (Postdoctoral Research Associate)
  • Focus of research: Event reconstruction in JUNO and measurement of NMO sensitivity.

Contact:
  • Phone: +49 2461 61 3723
  • E-mail: n.chowdhury@gsi.de

Dr. Ömer Penek
  • August 2020 - July 2022 (Postdoctoral Research Associate)
  • Focus of research: Sensitivity and Updated Analysis of CNO cycle solar neutrinos with Borexino. Combined analysis of ten years of Borexino data.

  • December 2016 - July 2020 (Doctoral student)
  • Thesis title: Measurement of pp and CNO Cycle Solar Neutrinos with Borexino

Contact:
  • Phone: +49 2461 61 4123
  • E-mail: o.penek_AT_fz-juelich.de

Dr. Philipp Kampmann

Contact:
  • Phone: +49 2461 61 4735
  • E-mail: p.kampmann_AT_fz-juelich.de

Dr. Giulio Settanta
  • November 2019 - August 2021 (Postdoctoral Research Associate)
  • Focus of Research: Borexino fit of the solar neutrino spectrum and atmospheric neutrino physics with JUNO.

  • Current position: III level Researcher at "Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale (ISPRA)" Rome, Italy

Contact:
  • Phone: +49 2461 61 6334
  • E-mail: g.settanta_AT_fz-juelich.de

Dr. Christoph Genster
  • July 2019 - March 2020 (Postdoctoral Research Associate)
  • Focus of Research: The Low Level Data Reconstruction Algorithms for the JUNO Experiment

  • January 2016 - June 2019 (Doctoral Student)

  • Current position: System Engineer at Dermalog Identification Systems GmbH

Contact:
  • Phone: +49 2461 61 4735
  • E-mail: c.genster_AT_fz-juelich.de

Dr. Zara Bagdasarian
  • May 2016 - February 2020 (Postdoctoral Research Associate)
  • Focus of Research: Involved in the Borexino fit of the whole solar neutrino spectrum, an update of the geoneutrino measurements and supernova searches.

  • Current position: Postdoctoral scholar at University of California, Berkeley, USA

Contact:
  • Phone: +49 2461 61 3723
  • E-mail: z.bagdasarian_AT_fz-juelich.de

Dr. Yaping Cheng
  • March 2017 - March 2019 (Postdoctoral Research Associate)
  • Focus of Research: Involved in the Daya Bay PMT gain calibration Rolling Gain calibration method and the after-pluse testing of new concept MCP-PMT R&D, studied positronium state in liquid scintillator. Working on the waveform reconstruction method development in the early stage of JUNO experiment. Now working on the low energy track reconstruction in large liquid scintillator.

  • Current position: Engineer at Beijing Institute of Spacecraft Environment Engineering

Contact:
  • Phone: +49 2461 61 6334
  • E-mail: y.cheng_AT_fz-juelich.de

Doctoral students

Sindhujha Kumaran M.Sc.
  • October 2018 - March 2022 (Doctoral student)
  • Doctoral thesis: Geoneutrinos and solar neutrinos with the Borexino experiment

  • September 2017 - September 2018 (Master student)
  • Master thesis: Updated geoneutrino measurement with the Borexino detector

  • Current position: Postdoctoral scholar at University of California Irvine, USA

Contact:
  • Phone: +49 2461 61 4123
  • E-mail: sindhujha.kumaran_AT_rwth-aachen.de

Alexandre S. Göttel M.Sc.
  • November 2018 - April 2022 (Doctoral student)
  • Thesis Title: Solar neutrino detection: CNO discovery with Borexino and preparations for success in JUNO and OSIRIS.

  • Current position: Research Associate at Cardiff University, UK

Contact:
  • Phone: +49 2461 61 4735
  • E-mail: alexandre.goettel_AT_rwth-aachen.de

Yuhang Guo M.Sc.
  • September 2019 - October 2020 (Doctoral student)
  • Thesis Title: Design of the guide tube calibration system and search for proton decay in the JUNO Experiment.

  • Current position: Permanent position as an Engineer at Nuclear Power Institute of China

Contact:
  • Phone: +49 2461 61 4735
  • E-mail: y.guo_AT_fz-juelich.de

Yu Xu M.Sc.
  • January 2017 - July 2020 (Doctoral student)
  • Thesis Title: Event reconstruction with deep learning method in JUNO.

Contact:
  • Phone: +49 2461 61 4735
  • E-mail: y.xu_AT_fz-juelich.de

Dr. Mariia Redchuk
  • October 2016 - June 2020 (Doctoral student)
  • Thesis Title: Looking inside the Sun with the Borexino experiment: detection of solar neutrinos from the proton-proton chain and the CNO cycle.

  • Current position: INFN Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme for non-Italian citizens (INFN Padova)

Contact:
  • E-mail: mariia.redchuk_AT_pd.infn.it

Michaela Schever M.Sc.
  • April 2016 - September 2019 (Doctoral student)
  • Thesis Title: Towards the energy estimators and pulse shape variables in JUNO experiment.

Contact:
  • Phone: +49 2461 61 4735
  • E-mail: m.schever_AT_fz-juelich.de

Master students

Antonia Weßel B.Sc.
  • May 2021 - April 2022 (Master student)
  • Thesis Title: Directionality measurement of solar neutrinos

  • Current position: Associate for KPMG at the intersection of finance and data science

Contact:
  • Phone: +49 2461 61 4123
  • E-mail: antonia.wessel_AT_rwth-aachen.de

Sale-Iti Kroon B.Sc.
  • November 2018 - November 2019 (Master student)
  • Thesis Title: Towards CNO measurement with Borexino: 210-Bismuth homogeneity in the liquid scintillator.

  • Current position: IT developer at HEISI IT

Contact:
  • Phone: +49 2461 61 4123
  • E-mail: sale-iti.kroon_AT_rwth-aachen.de

Dong Han B.Sc.
  • October 2017 - October 2018 (Master student)
  • Thesis Title: Update of the geoneutrino measurement with the Borexino detector.

Contact:
  • Phone: +49 2461 61 4123
  • E-mail: s6dohann_AT_uni-bonn.de

Rikhav Shah M.Sc.
  • September 2017 - September 2018 (Master student)
  • Thesis Title: Study of trigger setup for the JUNO experiment.

  • Current position: Doctoral student, Experimental Particle Physics, Group of Prof. Dr. Matthias Schott at JGU Mainz, shared position with DESY, Hamburg

Contact:
  • Phone: +49 2461 61 4735
  • E-mail: rikhav.shah_AT_rwth-aachen.de

Bachelor students

Lukas Brusa
  • December 2020 - March 2021 (Bachelor student)
  • Thesis Title: CNO solar neutrino analysis with Borexino.

Contact:
  • Phone: +49 2461 61 4123
  • E-mail: lukas-brusa_AT_web.de

Lars Ebsen B. Sc.
  • June-September 2018 (Bachelor student)
  • Thesis Title: Study of track direction reconstruction in liquid scintillator detector.

Contact:
  • Phone: +49 2461 61 6334
  • E-mail: lars.ebsen_AT_rwth-aachen.de