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

SemesterAutumn Semester 2020
LecturersU. Langenegger, T. Schietinger, University lecturers
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentSpecial Students UZH must book the module PHY461 directly at UZH.

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

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits6 credits
ExaminersU. Langenegger
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.
Prüfungssprache: Deutsch oder Englisch.
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

Learning materials

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402-0725-00 VExperimental Methods and Instruments of Particle Physics
**together with University of Zurich**
More information at: Link
3 hrs
Wed14-16UNI ZH .
Thu13-14UNI ZH .
U. Langenegger, T. Schietinger, University lecturers
402-0725-00 UExperimental Methods and Instruments of Particle Physics
**together with University of Zurich**
More information at: Link
1 hrs
Thu14-15UNI ZH .
U. Langenegger, T. Schietinger, University lecturers


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High-Energy Physics (Joint Master with IP Paris)Optional Subjects in PhysicsWInformation
Physics MasterSelection: Particle PhysicsWInformation