Dr. Oliver Noll has received the PANDA PhD Prize 2021 for his doctoral thesis "Digital Signal Processing for the Measurement of Particle Properties with the PANDA Electromagnetic Calorimeter" at GSI, FAIR and Helmholtz Institute Mainz. His doctoral advisor was Prof. Dr. Frank Maas from Mainz University. The award was announced by the spokesman of the PANDA Collaboration, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Wiedner from the Ruhr-University Bochum, at the most recent PANDA Collaboration meeting.
The physicist Oliver Noll works at the development of the electromagnetic calorimeter of PANDA. Besides his contributions in the design and the construction of several detector prototypes, he developed a free-streaming (trigger-less) data acquisition on Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). One focus of his work was the design of digital signal processing algorithms, which are highly adapted on the signals of the electromagnetic calorimeter. Consequently, he was able to show the excellent performance of the detector system in terms of energy resolution, linearity and high rate handling at several beam tests at the Mainz Microtron (MAMI).