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Experimental Methods in Nuclear, Particle, and Astrophysics - PHYS736

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Lectures & Course Schedule

The slides shown in class only supplement but not substitute the in-class lecture notes. It is essential to follow up with the reading listed for each lecture.

Week # Day Date Topics References
for this Class
Homework & Required Reading for Next Class Slides
1 1 Wed Jan 23, 2013 Course Introduction
- organization, syllabus, textbooks
Radiation and Matter:
- nuclear processes, radiation sources and radioactivity
PDG, common radioactive sources
PDG, detectors for non-accelerator physics intro,
lect1
2 2 Mon Jan 28, 2013 Radiation and Matter:
- nuclear processes, radiation sources and radioactivity
Leo, chapter 1&2
PDG, interaction with matter
PDG, radioactivity
PDG, interaction with matter
PDG, radioactivity
lect2
2 3 Wed Jan 30, 2013 Interaction of Radiation with Matter:
- neutrons
- photons
Leo, chapter 1&2
PDG, interaction with matter
PDG, radioactivity
HW#1 due Feb 6 lect3
3 4 Mon Feb 4, 2013 Interaction of Radiation with Matter:
- photons
- charged particles
Longair, chapter 4
Leo, chapter 2
PDG, interaction with matter
HW#2 due Feb 6 lect4
3 5 Wed Feb 6, 2013 Interaction of Radiation with Matter:
- photons
- charged particles
Longair, chapter 2
Longair, chapter 3
Longair, chapter 4
Leo, chapter 2
PDG, interaction with matter
lect5
4 6 Mon Feb 11, 2013 Review of Homework #1
PDG, detectors for non-accelerator physics Thermal Equilibrium Calorimeters
Semiconductor Thermistors
4 7 Wed Feb 13, 2013 Examples of Particle Detectors (Prof. McCammon):
- thermal detectors
- microcalorimeters in astrophysis
Enss, Cryogenic Particle Detection
guest lecture
5 8 Mon Feb 18, 2013 Interaction of Radiation with Matter:
- charged particles
- radiation shielding, dose
Leo, chapter 3
PDG, detectors for non-accelerator physics
PDG, detectors for accelerators
HW#3 due Feb 25
PDG, detectors for accelerators
lect6
5 9 Wed Feb 20, 2013 Examples of Particle Detectors (Prof. Matt Herndon):
- ATLAS and CMS
PDG, detectors for accelerators
guest lecture
5 10 Mon Feb 25, 2013 Particle Detectors:
- basic detector properties:
- energy resolution
- response function
- dead time
- scintillation detectors
Leo, chapter 5
Knoll, chapter 4
PDG, detectors for non-accelerator physics
PDG, detectors for accelerators
Meeks and Siegel, Am.J.Phys.,Volume 76, Issue 6, pp. 589-590
Lucke, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 47, 766 (1976), doi:10.1063/1.1134733
lect7
6 11 Wed Feb 27, 2013 Particle Detectors:
- scintillation detectors
Leo, chapter 5-7
Knoll, chapter 5-8
Leo, chapter 10
Meeks and Siegel, Am.J.Phys.,Volume 76, Issue 6, pp. 589-590
Lucke, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 47, 766 (1976), doi:10.1063/1.1134733
lect8
7 12 Mon Mar 4, 2013 Examples of Particle Detectors (Prof. Albrecht Karle):
- IceCube and Detectors for High Energy Astrophysics
PDG, detectors for non-accelerator physics
guest lecture
7 13 Wed Mar 6, 2013 Review of Homework #3

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14 Mon Mar 11, 2013 Particle Detectors:
- scintillation detectors
Leo, chapter 10
PDG, detectors for non-accelerator physics
PDG, detectors for accelerators
Leo, chapter 4
lect9
8 15 Wed Mar 13, 2013 Particle Detectors:
- ionization detectors
Leo, chapter 10
PDG, detectors for non-accelerator physics
PDG, detectors for accelerators
Leo, chapter 4
HW#6 due Mar 22
read arXiv:1211.4508
lect10
9 16 Wed Mar 20, 2013 Particle Detectors:
- seminconductor detectors
Leo, chapter 10
PDG, detectors for non-accelerator physics
PDG, detectors for accelerators
Leo, chapter 4
read arXiv:1211.4508 lect11
9 17 Fri Mar 22, 2013 Statistics:
- syst and stat errors
- parameter estimation
- confidence intervals and limits
Bevington, chapters 10,11
lect12
10 Mon Mar 25, 2013 Spring Break
10 Wed Mar 27, 2013 Spring Break
11 18 Mon Apr 1, 2013 Statistical Methods:
Statistics:
- syst and stat errors
- parameter estimation
- confidence intervals and limits
Bevington, chapters 10,11
James, chapters 10-11
Barlow, chapters 7-9
PDG, statistics

lect13
11 19 Wed Apr 3, 2013 Statistical Methods:
- maximum likelihood
- least square method
- hypothesis testing and significance
- goodness of fit
- Bayesian/Frequentist approach
Bevington, chapter 5
James, chapters 10-11
Barlow, chapters 7-9
PDG, statistics
HW#7 due Apr 10
Feldman and Cousin, Phys. Rev. D 57
lect14
11 19 Fri Apr 5, 2013 Statistical Methods:
- maximum likelihood
- least square method
- hypothesis testing and significance
- goodness of fit
- Bayesian/Frequentist approach
Bevington, chapter 5
James, chapters 10-11
Barlow, chapters 7-9
PDG, statistics
lect15
11 20 Mon Apr 8, 2013 Review of Errors - Practice Session
Bevington 3,4
Barlow, chapters 2,4
PDG, statistics
12 21 Wed Apr 10, 2013 Statistical Methods:
- Feldman/Cousin method
Analysis Techniques:
- blind analysis
PDG, monte carlo techniques
PDG, MC particle numbering scheme
Blind Analysis in Nuclear and Particle Physics
lect16
13 22 Mon Apr 15, 2013 Numerical Methods:
- roots of equations
- numerical integration
- simultaneous equations
- matrix eigenvalue problem
Hornbeck, chapters 2-4
Hornbeck, chapters 5, 8
Hornbeck, chapters 6,9,10
Bevington, appendices A-B
lect17
13 22 Wed Apr 17, 2013 No lecture - Course project preparations
instructions and list of projects
course project proposal instructions
Preparing a presentation of your course project
effective talks and science communication
13 24 Wed Apr 17, 2013 Numerical Methods:
- roots of equations
- numerical integration
- simultaneous equations
- matrix eigenvalue problem
Hornbeck, chapters 2-4
Hornbeck, chapters 5, 8
Hornbeck, chapters 6,9,10
Bevington, appendices A-B
13 24 Mon Apr 22, 2013 Numerical Methods:
- roots of equations
- numerical integration
- simultaneous equations
- matrix eigenvalue problem
Hornbeck, chapters 2-4
Hornbeck, chapters 5, 8
Hornbeck, chapters 6,9,10
Bevington, appendices A-B
14 25 Wed Apr 24, 2013 Statistics Review:
- error matrix
- covariances
14 26 Mon Apr 29, 2013 Accelerator Techniques:
- introduction & history
- basic accelerator techniques
Henley, chapter 2
PDG, accelerator physics of colliders
PDG, high-energy collider parameters
15 26 Wed May 1, 2013 Accelerator Techniques:
- review of homework #8
- accelerator machines
- collisions
PDG, accelerator physics of colliders
PDG, high-energy collider parameters
15 26 Mon May 6, 2013 Course Review:
- what did we learn?
16 26 Wed May 8, 2013 Course Project:
- preparations
17 27 Fri May 10, 2013 Course Project:
- final presentations
finalpresentations
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