Postgraduate Course: Detectors in Particle & Nuclear Physics (PGPH11104)
|School||School of Physics and Astronomy
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course provides an introduction to experimental methods and detectors used in current particle and nuclear physics experiments. It is part of a suite of specialist courses for the MSc programme in Particle & Nuclear Physics.
This course will give a comprehensive view of the techniques and technologies used in building detectors for particle and nuclear physics experiments. There will be a short introduction to accelerators. The interactions of charged articles and photons with matter are discussed. Examples of gaseous, liquid and solid state tracking detectors, calorimeters, and Cherenkov detectors are presented. The methods used for particle identification and the triggering of interesting events are discussed. The limiting effects of radiation damage and high event rates are explored. These building blocks are then combined into modern layouts of experiments at the Large Hadron Collider and other current facilities for particle and nuclear physics. This will include examples of large underground detectors for neutrino and astroparticle physics. Practical laboratory sessions will give students experience with state-of-the-art photon detectors and silicon strip detectors.
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 9,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||50% continuous assessment of tutorial work.
50% laboratory project report.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Apply knowledge of core concepts in physics to understand the design of detectors for particle and nuclear physics.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the design of current experiments, and of the frontiers of detector technology.
- Test and understand the properties of detectors in a laboratory environment.
- Locate and make use of detailed information on current detectors in the primary research literature.
- Summarise current thinking on detector design in a variety of written and oral forms, both alone and in collaboration with others.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Detectors Particle Nuclear Physics
|Course organiser||Dr Stephan Eisenhardt
Tel: (0131 6)50 5300
|Course secretary||Ms Wendy Hisbent
Tel: (0131 6)51 3448