Coursebooks 2017-2018

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Particle detection

PHYS-440

Lecturer(s) :

Haefeli Guido

Language:

English

Summary

The course will cover the physics of particle detectors. It will introduce the experimental techniques used in nuclear and particle physics. The lecture includes the interaction of particles with matter, scintillators, gas chambers, silicon, and detectors for particle ID.

Content

Interaction of particles in matter: ionization (Bethe-Bloch formula), interaction of electrons and photons (electromagnetic showers, radiation length and critical energy).
General characteristics of detectors: linearity, efficiency, resolution and Fano factor.
Gas detectors: ionization, proportional and Geiger-Muller counters, multiwire proportional, drift and time-projection chambers, micro-pattern gas detectors.
Semiconductor detectors: pn junction, silicon and germanium diode detectors, silicon microstrip and pixel detectors.
Scintillators: organic and inorganic scintillators, wavelength shifters and light guides.
Photodetectors: photomultipliers, photodiodes and other alternatives.
Applications: momentum measurement in magnetic fields, calorimetry, particle identification.

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

Elementary particle I, knowledge in nuclear and particle physics

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Transversal skills

Teaching methods

Slides, blackboard and  exercises in class

Assessment methods

Oral exam

Supervision

Office hours No
Assistants No
Forum No
Others During exercises and at office if requried

Resources

Bibliography

K.Kleinknecht: Detectors for Particle Radiation, Cambridge
W.R.Leo: Techniques for Nuclear and Particle Physics Experiments, Springer

 

In the programs

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  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German