Mauro Donegà: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2021

Name Dr. Mauro Donegà
Address
Inst. f. Teilchen- und Astrophysik
CERN, 32-4-C16
Route de Meyrin
1211 Genève 23
SWITZERLAND
Telephone+41 44 633 92 58
E-mailmdonega@ethz.ch
URLhttps://people.phys.ethz.ch/~mdonega/
DepartmentPhysics
RelationshipLecturer

NumberTitleECTSHoursLecturers
402-0000-09LPhysics Lab 3 Information 7 credits13PM. Donegà, S. Gvasaliya
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.

Students are required to attend a safety lecture on the first day of the course and pass the corresponding online moodle-test before being allowed to access the laboratory rooms and perform the experiments.

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.
CompetenciesCompetencies
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Problem-solvingassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkassessed
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityassessed
Creative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsassessed
Self-direction and Self-management assessed
402-0000-10LPhysics Lab 4
Prerequiste: "Physics Lab 3" completed. Before enroling in "Physics Lab 4", please enrol in "Physics Lab 3".

Enrol at most once in the course of the Bachelor programme!
8 credits15PM. Donegà, S. Gvasaliya
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.

Students are required to attend a safety lecture on the first day of the course and pass the corresponding online moodle-test before being allowed to access the laboratory rooms and perform the experiments.

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.
CompetenciesCompetencies
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Problem-solvingassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkassessed
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityassessed
Creative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsassessed
Self-direction and Self-management assessed
402-0740-00LExperimental Foundations of Particle Physics8 credits3SM. Backhaus, M. Donegà
AbstractThe Standard Model of particle physics is a monumental achievement of human ingenuity. While typically approached from the theoretical side, in this proseminar we will collect the experimental evidence upon which the Standard Model has been built.
ObjectiveThis course integrates knowledge of all detector components (tracking, calorimetry, trigger) in discussing the experiments as a whole.
It is meant to be complementary to the "Experimental Methods" course 402-0725-00L which introduces different detector technologies.
It also augments the particle physics master curriculum and is meant to be followed in parallel to PPP I (402-0891-00L) or PPP II (402-0702-00L).
ContentThe course will not follow the historical trajectory of experimental particle physics. It will instead try to give a modern view of the results of the experiments and show where they fit in the theoretical construction.

The students will read the original papers collected in the seminal text by Cahn and Goldhaber. The theory will be distilled to the very basics using the textbook by Bettini.

Introductory material:
- Review of basic relativistic kinematics (Lorentz transformations, invariant mass, etc..)
- Passage of particles through matter: Bethe Bloch dE/dx, bremsstrahlung, photon interactions, electromagnetic showers, hadronic showers, Cherenkov radiation, Transition Radiation

Experimental papers discussed in the course:
- Deep Inelastic scattering
- J/psi and tau discovery
- strong interaction: gluons and jets (anti-k_t jet clustering)
- parity violation, neutrino observation, neutrino helicity
- neutral current, W/Z discovery
- number of neutrino families, muon pair production asymmetry, W+W- production
- top/bottom discoveries
- Higgs discovery and properties
- CP violation in the kaon system
- Neutrino oscillations

The course is completed with in class detector demonstrations:
- cloud chamber
- cosmics rays with plastic scintillators
- cerenkov light in water
- silicon detectors
LiteratureCahn, Goldhaber "Experimental Foundations of Particle Physics" (2nd edition), Cambridge University Press
Bettini, “Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics” Cambridge University Press
Prerequisites / NoticeRecommended: Phenomenology of Particle Physics I (or II) (in parallel)
CompetenciesCompetencies
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Personal CompetenciesCritical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsassessed
Self-direction and Self-management assessed