Experimental Methods in Nuclear, Particle, and Astrophysics  PHYS736
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The slides shown in class only supplement but not substitute the inclass 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 nonaccelerator 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 nonaccelerator 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 nonaccelerator 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 nonaccelerator physics PDG, detectors for accelerators 
Meeks and Siegel, Am.J.Phys.,Volume 76, Issue 6, pp. 589590 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 57 Knoll, chapter 58 Leo, chapter 10 Meeks and Siegel, Am.J.Phys.,Volume 76, Issue 6, pp. 589590 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 nonaccelerator
physics 
guest lecture  
7  13  Wed  Mar 6, 2013 
Review of Homework #3 


8 
14  Mon  Mar 11, 2013 
Particle Detectors:  scintillation detectors 
Leo, chapter 10 PDG, detectors for nonaccelerator 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 nonaccelerator 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 nonaccelerator 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 1011 Barlow, chapters 79 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 1011 Barlow, chapters 79 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 1011 Barlow, chapters 79 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 24 Hornbeck, chapters 5, 8 Hornbeck, chapters 6,9,10 Bevington, appendices AB 
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 24 Hornbeck, chapters 5, 8 Hornbeck, chapters 6,9,10 Bevington, appendices AB 

13  24  Mon  Apr 22, 2013 
Numerical Methods:  roots of equations  numerical integration  simultaneous equations  matrix eigenvalue problem 
Hornbeck, chapters 24 Hornbeck, chapters 5, 8 Hornbeck, chapters 6,9,10 Bevington, appendices AB 

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, highenergy collider parameters 

15  26  Wed  May 1, 2013 
Accelerator Techniques:  review of homework #8  accelerator machines  collisions 
PDG, accelerator physics of colliders PDG, highenergy 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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