Experimental Particle Physics

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2020/21
Vakcode WBPH040-05
Vaknaam Experimental Particle Physics
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam Experimental Particle Physics
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:

1. discuss in-depth knowledge of fundamental and current topics within experimental particle physics.

2. analyze results of measurements quantitative as well as qualitative with assessment of uncertainties. The results are critically evaluated in the framework of scientific argumentation.

3. communicate findings and results to peers.

4. acquired learning skills which enable to pursue research in a new field with a high level of autonomy (preparation for bachelor thesis work).
Omschrijving The course deepens the understanding of particle physics with an emphasis on the experimental aspects and the understanding of the experimental design and approaches. Each lecture week focusses on the discussion of a selected dedicated concepts of particle physics. The student learns how to address such concepts in the preparation of a measurement in a dedicated experiment. The discussion of topics during the lectures builds on the acquired knowledge of mathematical skills, quantum mechanics, atomic physics and subatomic physics which are part of the curriculum. The eight weeks are split in 4 blocks which focus on the a topic (Concepts of particle physics and particle properties, Symmetries and symmetry violation, weak interaction and neutrinos, large scale accelerator experiments). The understanding of the underlying physics questions, the conceptual design of experiments and required experimental techniques is achieved.
The lectures are accompanied by a learning community (2h/week tutorial with teacher). In the first two weeks are tutorial with emphasis on quantitative calculations in the context of the lecture. Week 3-6 is a group assignment to design an experimental setup aiming for a possible scientific measurement in particle physics (e.g parity violation in beta decay, energy and flux distribution of cosmic radiation, e/m ratio for particle, energy spectrum from beta decays, particle identification). This is a group assignment which is complemented by contact with one of the teachers (2h/week).
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Bijeenkomst (S), Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Practisch werk (PRC), Werkcollege (T)
(4 S, 32 LC, 16 T, 16 ASM, 16 PRC, 56 self study)
Toetsvorm Mondeling tentamen (OR), Practisch werk (PR), Tussentoets (IT), Verslag (R)
(30% IT, 40% OE, 30% R, pass/fail PR)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. L. Willmann
Docent(en) dr. M. Kavatsyuk ,dr. L. Willmann
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs

Original articles from current literature. The document will be available on Nestor.
Book (chapters)

Atomic Physics, Oxford University Press
C.J. Foot 978-0-19-850695-9
Book (chapters)

Modern Physics, Academic Press
J.Morrison 978-0-12-375112-6

Book (chapters)

Nuclear and Particle Physics: An Introduction
B.R. Martin 978-0-47-074275-4

Experimental equipment for the setup of small measurements
Entreevoorwaarden Prior knowledge for this course is provided by Mechanics and Relativity, Electricity and Magnetism, Algebra, Quantum Mechanics I and Subatomic Physics.
Opmerkingen The student has to pass all partial assessments. The final grade is determined from the result of the interim test (30%), the write up and presentation of individual work (30%) and the final examination (40%).

This course was registered last year with course code WBPH18002
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