Karlsruhe School of Elementary Particle and Astroparticle Physics: Science and Technology (KSETA)

Lenka Tomankova

Institute: Institute for Nuclear Physics (IKP)
Email: Lenka.Tomankova#fau.de

Research Profile

I received my PhD in astroparticle physics from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), where I worked at the Institute for Nuclear Physics (IKP) under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Johannes Blümer and Prof. Dr. Ralph Engel on the Pierre Auger Observatory experiment. My research focused on different aspects of the fluorescence detector, including:

  • Optical properties (in particular the point spread function and its variations in time),
  • energy calibration using drone-based light sources,
  • detector simulation, and
  • study of systematic uncertainties of critical observables such as energy and depth of shower maximum.
Currently, I am a postdoc at ECAP in Erlangen, working in the field of high-energy gamma-ray astronomy, particularly on the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) and H.E.S.S projects.

PhD Thesis

Title: Optical Properties and Calibration of the Pierre Auger Fluorescence Detector (download pdf-file here)

Date: 03 June 2016

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. J. Blümer

Mentor: Prof. Dr. R. Engel

Last update: 04 April 2019