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260051 PR Methods of instrumentation in high energy physics (2017W)

10.00 ECTS (6.00 SWS), SPL 26 - Physik
Continuous assessment of course work


max. 4 participants
Language: German, English



Thursday 10:00-16:00, Institut für Hochenergiephysik der ÖAW. (Institute for High Energy Physics of the Austrian Academy of Sciences).
Address: Nikolsdorfer Gasse 18, 1050 Wien, Library 1st floor


Aims, contents and method of the course

After a basic training of experimental methods in Nuclear and Particle Physics some exercise with detectors are made, e.g. Semiconductor Detectors. The participants have the opportunity to get familiar with equipment used at CERN for the CMS experiment at the LHC. Measurements on the detectors will be automatized using LabVIEW. Knowledge of electronics, essential for the operation and readout of the detectors are will be teached. As a conclusive example the lifetime of cosmic muons is measured and analyzed. This course is based on realistic practical experimental work and will be supervised by the lecturers.

The course is split in three parts:
a) Semiconductors (measurements on silicon detectors, automatization using Labview software),
b) Electronics (basic tools, signal transmission, photomultiplier, assembly of a Geiger counter with a coffee can)
c) Muons (Design, construction and operation of an experiment to measure the lifetime of muons from the cosmic radiation, data analysis using the ROOT framework)

Assessment and permitted materials

presentation, participation and written protocol

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Familiarization with technologies for detecting particles, basic understanding of the structure of an experiment in high energy physics

Examination topics

* Each student is supposed to prepare a presentation of one of the above mentioned topics. The presentation is held in front of the other students in order to give them an understanding of these topics
* Practical participation in the design, set-up and execution of the measurements
* Drafting a Protocol

Reading list

lecture handouts and optional books like:
* "Teilchendetektoren" von H. Kolanoski und N. Wermes (ISBN 978-3-662-45350-6).
* William R. Leo: Techniques for Nuclear and Particle Physics Experiments: A How-to Approach

Association in the course directory

PIII 8, MaG 37

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