402-0725-00L  Experimental Methods and Instruments of Particle Physics

SemesterAutumn Semester 2016
LecturersU. Langenegger, M. Dittmar, A. Streun, University lecturers
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


402-0725-00 VExperimental Methods and Instruments of Particle Physics
**together with the Uni Zurich**
More informations at: Link
3 hrs
Wed14:00-15:45UNI ZH .
Thu13:00-13:45UNI ZH .
U. Langenegger, M. Dittmar, A. Streun, University lecturers
402-0725-00 UExperimental Methods and Instruments of Particle Physics
**together with the Uni Zurich**
More informations at: Link
1 hrs
Thu14:00-14:45UNI ZH .
U. Langenegger, M. Dittmar, A. Streun, University lecturers

Catalogue data

AbstractPhysics and design of particle accelerators.
Basics and concepts of particle detectors.
Track- and vertex-detectors, calorimetry, particle identification.
Special applications like Cherenkov detectors, air showers, direct detection of dark matter.
Simulation methods, readout electronics, trigger and data acquisition.
Examples of key experiments.
ObjectiveAcquire an in-depth understanding and overview of the essential elements of experimental methods in particle physics, including accelerators and experiments.
Content1. Examples of modern experiments
2. Basics: Bethe-Bloch, radiation length, nucl. interaction length, fixed-target vs. collider, principles of measurements: energy- and momentum-conservation, etc
3. Physics and layout of accelerators
4. Charged particle tracking and vertexing
5. Calorimetry
6. Particle identification
7. Analysis methods: invariant and missing mass, jet algorithms, b-tagging
8. Special detectors: extended airshower detectors and cryogenic detectors
9. MC simulations (GEANT), trigger, readout, electronics
Lecture notesSlides are handed out regularly, see Link

Performance assessment

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits6 credits
ExaminersU. Langenegger, M. Dittmar
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationoral 30 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationLanguage of examination: English or German. The exercises are an integral part of the course. We expect an active participation during the exercise discussions.

Prüfungssprache: Deutsch oder Englisch. Die Übungsaufgaben sind ein wichtiger Bestandteil der Lehrveranstaltung. Eine aktive Beteiligung bei der Übungsbesprechung wird erwartet.
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High-Energy Physics (Joint Master with EP Paris)Optional Subjects in PhysicsWInformation
Physics MasterSelection: Particle Physics, Nuclear PhysicsWInformation