Office Coffee Consumption

Starting Monday, I’m leaving the institute. No more physics, but computer science from now on. More on this later.

When we started here in the institute, we bought a coffee maker to prepare our cups of coffee. We also took note of every single cup of coffee we consumed. For my final day, I evaluated our coffee consumption.

Three people were the heavy hitters of the machine: André, Ludovico, and I. Ludovico joined in May of 2014, while André and I drank from March 2012.

The distribution of coffee consumption over time looks like this:
You can clearly spot the period in which André was working in Italy and was only in Jülich for a few days per month.

In total, the coffee machine made 2937 cups of coffee, of which André drank 1248, I drank 1177, and Ludovico drank 349. Guests drank the leftover 163 cups. André consumed about 190 g of caffeine.

The highscore for »most cups per month« is lead by André, who managed to drink 60 cups in July 2015; the final period of his thesis. This was apparently quite an intense month, as it also has the highest amount of total coffees consumed (137).

On average, we drank about 63 cups of coffee per month over the whole time the machine is here, of which André took in 28, I 27, Ludovico 8. Not accounting for the year in Italy, André had 38 cups a month. And counting only the time Ludovico is here, he drank about 20 cups per month.

Nomnomnom.

LaTeX Tips and Tricks for Particle Physicists

During the course of writing my thesis I spent quite some time into getting the \(\LaTeX\) stuff right. LaTeX is such a great language1, generating amazing output, and enabling so many cool typesetting possibilities. How could one not!?
I thought it would be nice sharing my meta-research with others. So I held a talk at my institute to show the most important packages and concepts, I drew on while writing my document.

It tackles writing units in LaTeX and writing particle names. It highlights a few other, smaller packages, but also introduces BibLaTeX and glossaries in more detail. The great engine that is latexmk is introduced as well. It is also the first presentation I did in LaTeX Beamer!

You probably want to use the PDF linked after the embed since you can click all the links easily there.

Local PDF


  1. Markup language. Programming language. Whatever. 

PANDA PhD Prize

I won the PhD Prize of the PANDA collaboration!

Since 2013, the prize is awarded to the best (?) thesis in the collaboration. Three candidates are invited to present at a collaboration meeting, the prize is then awarded, depending on presentation and document.

And this year, it was me. Yay!

The slides are in another, password protected1 post.


  1. The password is the name of the experiment, all small letters. 

LaTeX Package for a Nice PANDA with Bar on P

In my \(\LaTeX\) documents, I wanted to have nicely set PANDA names with the bar on top of the P.

Not so simple, though. I found the \overline to be too large, but the \bar to be too short. So I took to the great community that is StackExchange to find a solution. And, sure enough, someone was able to help me.
Based on egreg’s code, I assembled a proper LaTeX package1, making it more convenient for others to use as well.

Today, I gave the package a small Github repository.
→ github.com/AndiH/PandaNameLatex


  1. With options and stuff!