The course gives an introduction to modern detection and analysis methods within contemporary Subatomic Physics. The goal is to develop topical knowledge concerning the function and use of numerous types of detection systems to detect individual particles and gamma rays. Furthermore, to yield insight how information from several such systems can be combined to thus study underlying physical entities. In this context, a selection of experiments within today s front-line research in Subatomic Physics is studied and the simulation and analysis methods used therein.
Learning outcome (after completion of this course, the student should be able to)
Following completion of the course, the student will have obtained essential knowledge concerning a number of physical processes within subatomic physics and how these can be experimentally studied. The competence acquired aims at a level that would permit the student to afterwards participate actively in experiments at the research frontier. Specifically, this implies having attained:
* a deep knowledge of the function of detectors for charged particles and photons
* understanding of the function and capability of modern electronics and data acquisition systems for experiments within Subatomic Physics
* an overview of the function of today s and tomorrow s most advanced complex detector systems, such as those at GSI-FAIR and CERN
Furthermore, the student will develop topical skills leading to:
* competence to be able to identify suitable detector types depending on which radiation type and physical parameters to be studied
* ability to make reasonable estimates of the resolution and efficiency of a detector
* capability to independently perform simple simulations of subatomic processes and their experimental observables
* aptitude to perform a multi-parameter analysis of experimental data from complex detector systems, leading to physical observables
Modern detection and analysis methods within contemporary Subatomic Physics
The teaching consists of lectures with laborative moments and several projects, the latter with emphasis on analysis and simulation tasks. Optionally, a non-comprehensive study trip to GSI, Darmstadt will be organised.
Oral exams and projects
The grades are Fail (U), Pass (G) and Pass with Distiction (VG). If you want to be graded according to the ECTS scale in addition to the GU grading scale, please notify your examiner as soon as the course starts.