Christophorus Grab: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2017

Name Prof. em. Dr. Christophorus Grab
FieldExperimentalphysik
Address
Inst. f. Teilchen- und Astrophysik
ETH Zürich, HPK E 28
Otto-Stern-Weg 5
8093 Zürich
SWITZERLAND
Telephone+41 44 633 20 22
Fax+41 44 633 11 04
E-mailgrab@ethz.ch
URLhttp://www.grab-group.ethz.ch/
DepartmentPhysics
RelationshipRetired Adjunct Professor

NumberTitleECTSHoursLecturers
402-0038-00LPhysics
Course will no longer take place after FS 2017.

Only for Computer Science BSc, Programme Regulations 2008.
6 credits3V + 2UC. Grab
AbstractIntroduction to physics with emphasis on mechanics, relativity, thermodynamics und electromagnetism. Demonstrations, examples and exercises illustrate the basic concepts.
ObjectiveBecome familiar with some of the important topics in classical and modern physics.
ContentMechanics:
Motion, Newton's axioms, work and energy, vibrations and waves, special relativity.

Thermodynamics: temperature, gases, thermal radiation, engines

Electromagnetism:
Electrostatics, stationary currents, time dependent fields, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves.
Lecture notes'Physics for Informatics Students'
Lecture taught at ETH Zurich in FS15
Prof. Dr. A.Rubbia
(Script in German)
Literature"Principles of Physics"
Author: Halliday, David
Wiley & Sons, 2010
ISBN 978-0-470-56158-4
Prerequisites / NoticePrerequisites: mathematical foundations, vectors, calculus.
402-0240-00LAdvanced Physics Laboratory II Information Restricted registration - show details
Prerequiste: "Advanced Physics Laboratory I" completed. Before enroling in "Advanced Physics Laboratory II", please enrol in "Advanced Physics Laboratory I".

Enrol at most once in the course of the Bachelor programme!
9 credits18PC. Grab, T. M. Ihn
AbstractThis laboratory course provides basic training of experimental skills. These are experimental design, implementation, measurement, data analysis and interpretation, as well as error analysis. The experimental work has to be complemented by a concise written report, which trains the scientific writing skills.
Manuals for the individual experiments are available in English.
ObjectiveStudents learn to independently perform advanced experiments and document them scientifically correct.
The following aspects are emphasized:
- understanding complicated physical phenomena
- structured approach to experiments with complex instruments
- various practical aspects of experimenting and determining uncertainties
- learning the relevant statistical methods for data analysis
- interpretation of measurements and uncertainties
- describing the experiments and the results in a scientifically proper manner, in direct analogy to publishing
- ethical aspects of experimental research and scientific communication
ContentWe offer experiments covering the following topics:
Basic topics from mechanics, optics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism and electronics; as well as central topics from nuclear and particle physics, quantum electronics, quantum mechanics, solid state physics and astrophysics.
Lecture notesInstructions for experiments are available in English.
Prerequisites / NoticeFrom a variety of over 50 experiments, students have to perform 4 experiments covering different topics. The experimental work is complemented by writing a scientific report.
402-0241-00LAdvanced Physics Laboratory I Information Restricted registration - show details
IMPORTANT: You may not enrol repeatedly in the course of the Bachelor programme.
9 credits18PC. Grab, T. M. Ihn
AbstractThis laboratory course provides basic training of experimental skills. These are experimental design, implementation, measurement, data analysis and interpretation, as well as error analysis. The experimental work has to be complemented by a concise written report, which trains the scientific writing skills.
Manuals for the individual experiments are available in English.
ObjectiveStudents learn to independently perform advanced experiments and document them scientifically correct.
The following aspects are emphasized:
- understanding complicated physical phenomena
- structured approach to experiments with complex instruments
- various practical aspects of experimenting and determining uncertainties
- learning the relevant statistical methods for data analysis
- interpretation of measurements and uncertainties
- describing the experiments and the results in a scientifically proper manner, in direct analogy to publishing
- ethical aspects of experimental research and scientific communication
ContentWe offer experiments covering the following topics:
Basic topics from mechanics, optics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism and electronics; as well as central topics from nuclear and particle physics, quantum electronics, quantum mechanics, solid state physics and astrophysics.
Lecture notesInstructions for experiments are available in English.
Prerequisites / NoticeFrom a variety of over 50 experiments, students have to perform 4 experiments covering different topics. The experimental work is complemented by writing a scientific report.
402-0600-00LNuclear and Particle Physics with Applications0 credits2SA. Rubbia, G. Dissertori, C. Grab, K. S. Kirch, R. Wallny
AbstractResearch colloquium
Objective
402-0710-00LDoctoral Student Seminar in Nuclear and Particle Physics1 credit2SA. Rubbia, G. Dissertori, M. Dittmar, C. Grab, K. S. Kirch, R. Wallny, University lecturers
AbstractSeminar for PhD students
Objective
Lecture notesSeminar for PhD students
402-0719-BSLParticle Physics at PSI (Paul Scherrer Institute) Restricted registration - show details 9 credits18PC. Grab
AbstractDuring semester break in Summer 6-12 students stay for 3 weeks at PSI and participate in a hands-on course on experimental particle physics. A small real experiment is performed in common, including apparatus design, construction, running and data analysis. The course includes some lectures, but the focus lies on the practical aspects of experimenting.
ObjectiveStudents learn all the different steps it takes to perform a complete particle physics experiment in a small team. They acquire skills to do this themselves in the team, including design, construction, data taking and data analysis.
402-0719-MSLParticle Physics at PSI (Paul Scherrer Institute) Restricted registration - show details 9 credits18PC. Grab
AbstractDuring semester breaks in Summer 6-12 students stay for 3 weeks at PSI and participate in a hands-on course on experimental particle physics. A small real experiment is performed in common, including apparatus design, construction, running and data analysis. The course includes some lectures, but the focus lies on the practical aspects of experimenting.
ObjectiveStudents learn all the different steps it takes to perform a complete particle physics experiment in a small team. They acquire skills to do this themselves in the team, including design, construction, data taking and data analysis.
402-0738-00LStatistical Methods and Analysis Techniques in Experimental Physics10 credits5GM. Donegà, C. Grab
AbstractThis lecture gives an introduction to the statistical methods and the various analysis techniques applied in experimental particle physics. The exercises treat problems of general statistical topics; they also include hands-on analysis projects, where students perform independent analyses on their computer, based on real data from actual particle physics experiments.
ObjectiveStudents will learn the most important statistical methods used in experimental particle physics. They will acquire the necessary skills to analyse large data records in a statistically correct manner. Learning how to present scientific results in a professional manner and how to discuss them.
ContentTopics include:
- modern methods of statistical data analysis
- probability distributions, error analysis, simulation methos, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, setting limits and introduction to multivariate methods.
- most examples are taken from particle physics.

Methodology:
- lectures about the statistical topics;
- common discussions of examples;
- exercises: specific exercises to practise the topics of the lectures;
- all students perform statistical calculations on (their) computers;
- students complete a full data analysis in teams (of two) over the second half of the course, using real data taken from particle physics experiments;
- at the end of the course, the students present their analysis results in a scientific presentation;
- all students are directly tutored by assistants in the classroom.
Lecture notes- Copies of all lectures are available on the web-site of the course.
- A scriptum of the lectures is also available to all students of the course.
Literature1) Statistics: A guide to the use of statistical medhods in the Physical Sciences, R.J.Barlow; Wiley Verlag .
2) J Statistical data analysis, G. Cowan, Oxford University Press; ISBN: 0198501552.
3) Statistische und numerische Methoden der Datenanalyse, V.Blobel und E.Lohrmann, Teubner Studienbuecher Verlag.
4) Data Analysis, a Bayesian Tutorial, D.S.Sivia with J.Skilling,
Oxford Science Publications.
Prerequisites / NoticeBasic knowlege of nuclear and particle physics are prerequisites.
402-0746-00LSeminar: Particle and Astrophysics (Aktuelles aus der Teilchen- und Astrophysik)0 credits1SC. Grab, University lecturers
AbstractResearch colloquium
Objective
ContentIn Seminarvorträgen werden aktuelle Fragestellungen aus der Teilchenphysik vom theoretischen und experimentellen Standpunkt aus diskutiert. Besonders wichtig erscheint uns der Bezug zu den eigenen Forschungsmöglichkeiten am PSI, CERN und DESY.
402-2000-00LScientific Works in Physics
Target audience:
Master students who cannot document to have received an adequate training in working scientifically.

Directive Link
0 creditsC. Grab
AbstractLiterature Review: ETH-Library, Journals in Physics, Google Scholar; Thesis Structure: The IMRAD Model; Document Processing: LaTeX and BibTeX, Mathematical Writing, AVETH Survival Guide; ETH Guidelines for Integrity; Authorship Guidelines; ETH Citation Etiquettes; Declaration of Originality.
ObjectiveBasic standards for scientific works in physics: How to write a Master Thesis. What to know about research integrity.