Collider Experiments

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode WMPH033-05
Vaknaam Collider Experiments
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Collider Experiments
Leerdoelen The course aims at providing a basic knowledge of the entire process of designing a particle physics experiment, constructing the detector, carrying out the data analysis and publishing the results.
This goal is pursued with a use-case approach. In the process, the student is introduced to particle colliders, to the physics principles underlying the operation of particle detectors, and to fundamental concepts of data analysis and statistics.
The course ultimate goal is to enable the students to read and understand articles containing significant scientific advances in the field of particle and astro-particle physics.
Omschrijving The course provides a general introduction to the experimental facets of particle and astro-particle physics. It focuses on the characteristics of large experimental facilities built to search for an understanding of the ultimate nature of matter and for the discovery of new physics beyond the Standard Model of particle physics.

These facilities are "Big" in the common sense of size and number of people: the tunnel of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN (where the Higgs boson was recently discovered) is a 27-kilometer ring of superconducting magnets and the ATLAS detector is about half as big as the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and is operated by a collaboration of 3,000 people of whom about 1,000 students; the Pierre Auger Observatory in the Argentinian Pampa is larger than the country of Luxembourg in order to detect ultra-high energy cosmic rays arriving at the rate of 1 per square kilometer per century).
However, perhaps counter intuitively, they are aimed at studying the smallest possible things and the basic laws governing the interactions and forces among elementary particles (the smallest building blocks of the Universe).

The course has the manifest goal to demystify the myth of the complexity of these "big" experiments, uncovering the basic principles underlying their design, construction and operation. It is articulated into an introduction to the physics of elementary particles, an overview of detection technologies typical of particle experiments, with some specific examples of present big experiments, and a presentation of some of the most important methods used in the analysis of the data from these experiments, and of how these results are disseminated through conferences and publications in professional journals.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Werkcollege (T)
Toetsvorm Presentatie (P), Schriftelijk tentamen (WE)
Vaksoort master
Docent(en) prof. dr. A. Pellegrino

This course was registered last year with course code WMPH19002
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