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Experiment design in particle physics

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08-Experiment design in particle physics

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Academic year 2021/2022

Degree course
PhD in Physics
Teaching period
First semester
Credits/Recognition
3
Delivery
Formal authority
Language
English
Attendance
Obligatory
Prerequisites
Basic knowledge of particle detectors, interactions of particles and radiation with matter, physics at colliders
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Sommario del corso

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Course objectives

The student will learn in an interactive way how particle physics experiments are designed, according to the processes they have to measure and the precision they want to achieve.

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Program

  • Select a physical process:
  • Why this physical process is of interest?
  • Previous measurements – if any – and their precision
  • Identify which type of accelerator machine is best for producing it
  • Analyze signal properties and topology of the final states
  • Identify the possible background contributions
  • Design an experimental apparatus to measure the process under study:
    • Analyze what kind of detectors are needed (vertex detectors, caloremeters, muon chambers...)
    • Choose their characteristics according to the precision we want to achieve 
    • Develop a strategy to select signal events (trigger and analysis procedure)
    • Identify the main systematic uncertainties due to detector effects
    • Determine the needed statistics

Suggested readings and bibliography

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Notes

Students wishing to take this course must register with the teacher via email

Teacher:

Linda Finco, linda.finco@cern.ch

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TBD

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