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Postgraduate Course: Detectors in Particle & Nuclear Physics (PGPH11104)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Physics and Astronomy CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Relativity, Nuclear and Particle Physics (PHYS10096) OR Nuclear and Particle Physics (PHYS10106)
Students MUST have passed: Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics (PHYS10099)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements For the Particle and Nuclear Physics MSc students. Limited places are available for non-PNP MSc. If interested, please ask their PT to get in touch with the course organisers.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  10
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( 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 55 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 50% continuous assessment of tutorial work.
50% laboratory project report.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Apply knowledge of core concepts in physics to understand the design of detectors for particle and nuclear physics.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the design of current experiments, and of the frontiers of detector technology.
  3. Test and understand the properties of detectors in a laboratory environment.
  4. Locate and make use of detailed information on current detectors in the primary research literature.
  5. Summarise current thinking on detector design in a variety of written and oral forms, both alone and in collaboration with others.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsDetectors Particle Nuclear Physics
Course organiserDr Yanyan Gao
Course secretaryMs Grace Wilson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5310
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