Prof. Dr. Sonia Kabana


Short CV/Education and training

  • 1994
    Doctorate, J. W. Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

  • 1994 – 1995
    Post doctoral position, Gesellschaft fuer Schwerionenforschung (GSI), Darmstadt, Germany

  • 1995 – 1999
    Postdoctoral and lecturing position (Assistentin), University of Bern, Switzerland

  • 1999 – 2001
    PROFIL2 grant of SNF, (Oberassistentin), University of Bern, Switzerland.

  • 2000
    Habilitation, University of Bern, Switzerland

  • 2001 – 2005
    Foerderunsgprofessur, University of Bern, Switzerland

  • Since 2005
    Professorship, University of Nantes, France, and Laboratory SUBATECH

Selected publications

  • (Discovery of a new particle:) Observation of a new particle in the search for the Standard Model Higgs boson with the ATLAS detector at the LHC, ATLAS collaboration, G. Aad et al, Phys. Lett. B 716 (2012) 1.

  • (Search for supersymmetry at the LHC:) Search for supersymmetry with jets, missing transverse momentum and at least one hadronically decaying tau lepton in proton-proton collisions at sqrt(s) = 7 TeV with the ATLAS detector, ATLAS Collaboration, G. Aad et al, Phys. Lett. B714 (2012) 197-214.

  • (Review paper contributed to "Lepton Photon 2011" conference:) Heavy ions: Report from Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, S. Kabana, Pramana journal of physics, Indian Academy of Sciences, Vol. 79, No. 4, 2012 pp. 737-752, Springer Verlag.

  • (First observation of antihelium-4:) Observation of the antimatter helium-4 nucleus, STAR Collaboration, Nature 473 (2011) 353.

  • (First estimate of "quenching" of beauty in A+A collisions:) Measurement of the Bottom contribution to non-photonic electron production in p+p collisions at s?=200 GeV, STAR Collaboration, M.M. Aggarwal et al, Phys.Rev.Lett. 105 (2010) 202301.

  • (Contribution to strangeness enhancement measurements at RHIC:) Strange particle production in p+p collisions at s**(1/2) = 200-GeV, STAR Collaboration, B.I. Abelev et al, Phys.Rev. C75 (2007) 064901.

  • (Discovery of sQGP:) Experimental and theoretical challenges in the search for the Quark Gluon Plasma: the STAR collaboration's critical assessment of the evidence from RHIC collisions, STAR collaboration, J. Adams et al, Nucl. Phys. A 757 (2005) 102.

  • (Discovery of Jet-Quenching:) Transverse momentum and collision energy dependence of high p(T) hadron suppression in Au+Au collisions at ultrarelativistic energies, STAR Collaboration, J. Adams et al, Phys.Rev.Lett. 91 (2003) 172302.

  • (First extraction of the critical energy density at zero baryochemical potential from the data:) S. Kabana, P. Minkowski, Mapping out the QCD phase transition in multiparticle production, New J. of Physics, Vol. 3, (2001), 4.

  • (Study of the onset of strangeness enhancement at SPS:) Impact parameter dependence of K+-, p, d, anti-p and anti-d production in Pb+Pb collisions at 158 GeV per nucleon, NA52 Collaboration, G. Ambrosini et al, New Journal of Physics (1999).

  • (PhD Thesis, First observation of strangeness enhancement in S+Ag collisions at SPS:) Strange particle production in nuclear collisions at 200 GeV per nucleon, NA35 Collaboration, T. Alber at al, Z. Phys. C 64 (1994) 195.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Phenomenology: QCD phase transition, quarkonia and strange particles in heavy ion collisions, quark stars, thermal models, (anti)matter and (anti)hypernuclei production in heavy ion collisions.

  • STAR Collaboration at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (BNL): charm and beauty in Au+Au and p+p collisions, jet quenching of charm and beauty, strangeness production, searches for new particles, silicon detector calibration.

  • ATLAS Collaboration at the LHC (CERN): High Level Trigger, SUSY feasibility studies, High Level Trigger studies for the Higgs to gamma gamma channel.

  • NA52 Collaboration at the SPS (CERN): Charged hadron and nuclei cross sections in Pb+Pb collisions at 158 GeV, search for strangelets, design, calibration and data analysis of an electromagnetic quartz-fiber calorimeter.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Scientific bodies:

  • Evaluation of projects for the Czech Science Foundation, since 2012

  • Member (elected) of the Comite National de la Recherche Scientifique 01, France, since 2012

  • Member (elected) of the Comite National de la Recherche Scientifique 03, France, 2008 – 2012

  • Member of the Comite des Specialistes section 29, University of Nantes, France, 2007 – 2008

  • Member of the SPSC committee at CERN (SPS and PS accelerators), Switzerland, 2002 – 2004

  • Member of the council of the STAR experiment at RHIC, Brookhaven Lab, USA, since 2004

Conferences:

  • Member of the International Advisory Commitee (IAC) of the international conference on "Discovery Physics at the LHC", 2012

  • Member of the organizing committe and founding member of a new interdisciplinary conference series, the "International Conference on New Frontiers in Physics" (ICFP 2012), since 2012

  • Member of the organizing committee and founding member of the international conference on "Excited QCD", 2008 – 2012

  • Member of the International Advisory Commitee (IAC) for the "International Conference on Strangeness in Quark Matter", 2001 – 2008

Refereeing of journals:

  • Editor in Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics', IoP publishing, 2001 – 2006

  • Referee for Phys. Rev. Lett., Phys. Lett. B, J. of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics, New J. of Physics

  • Co-Editor of the conference proceedings "excited QCD" 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and of the proceedings of the ICFP 2012 and the ICNFP 2013 conferences

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Promoting interdisciplinarity

  • Future projects of particle physics and of basic research in Europe and internationally

  • Improving gender equality

  • Advancing the expansion and dissemination of knowledge worldwide.

  • Interrelations of philosophy, religion and science, under a humanistic perspective


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