029:225 Techniques for Nuclear and Particle Physics Experiments

Fall Semester 2017
11:00A - 12:15P MW    155 VAN


Instructor: Yasar Onel


Phone: (319) 335-1853, Fax: (319) 335-1753

Office Hours: TBA


Special Topics Physics : 029:225

Particle Physics Detectors and Collider Physics

          Text: W.R. Leo, Techniques for Nuclear and Particle Physics -Springer-Verlag
  Text: D.Green, The Physics of Particle Detectors-Cambridge Monographs
                                Text: D.Green: At the leading edge- The ATLAS and CMS LHC Experiments-World Scientific


I-Introduction to Nuclear Physics (History and basics)

II-Introduction to Particle Physics (History and basics)

III-Fundamental principles of particle physics

    Introduction - Fundamental particles and interactions
    Symmetries I - Relativity
    Quantum field theory - Quantum Mechanics + relativity
    Theory confronts experiment - Cross sections and decay rates
    Symmetries II - Gauge symmetries, the Standard Model
    Fermions and the weak interactions 

IV-How Detectors are designed?

    Energy Loss
    Gaseous Detectors
    Scintillating  Detectors
    Silicon Detectors
    Trackers- Case Study CMS
    Photonics in HEP
    Energy Loss of Heavy Particles
    Energy Loss of Electrons and Positrons
    Interactions of Photons

V-High PT Physics

    1 - The Standard Model and EWSB  
    2 - Detectors Basics
    3- Collider Physics
    4- Collider SM Experiments
    5 - Search Strategy at the LHC Precision EW Measurements
    6- SUSY and Open Questions in HEP

VI-Hadron Colliders

     1.The physics of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)
     2.CMS Experiment at LHC
     3. The US contribution to the CMS at LHC
     4. Experimental challenge at LHC 

VII Projects

     1 Project A : Detectors and physics results from a fixed  target experiment
     2 Project B : Detectors of physics results from a colliding beam experiment.
     3 Project C : Detectors for a medical research project    
     4 Project D : Detectors and physics for a Space /Astrophysics High Energy  

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