Experimental Methods in Nuclear, Particle, and Astrophysics  PHYS736
course info  lectures  homework  projects  other material  feedbackCourse Description
Topics: Interaction of radiation and particles with matter; common particle detection techniques in accelerator and nonaccelerator experiments; detectors at colliding beam machines, in neutrino physics, nuclear physics, astrophysics, and experimental cosmology; experimental strategies in detector design; principles of detector simulation and monte carlo methods, error analysis and statistical techniques in data analysis.Course Information
 circular
 syllabus  revised January 19, 2010
 textbooks and reading  revised April 17, 2010
 Physics Library Course Reserve Webpage  this page contains all password protected materials, access to textbook chapters for course use etc.
Lectures & Course Schedule
The slides shown in class only supplement but not substitute the inclass lecture notes.#  Day  Date  Topics  Required Reading  Homework  Slides 
1  Wed  Jan 19, 2010 
Radiation and Matter:  basic nuclear processes  radiation sources 
Leo, chapter 1 PDG, common radioactive sources 

2  Mon  Jan 25, 2010 
Radiation and Matter:  radiation sources and radioactivity Interaction of Radiation with Matter:  neutrons 
Leo, chapter 2 PDG, interaction with matter PDG, common radioactive sources 

3  Wed  Jan 27, 2010 
Interaction of Radiation with Matter:  photons  charged particles 
Longair, chapter 4 Leo, chapter 2 PDG, interaction with matter 
HW#1 due Feb 8 

4  Mon  Feb 1, 2010 
Interaction of Radiation with Matter:  charged particles 
Longair, chapter 2 Longair, chapter 3 Longair, chapter 4 Leo, chapter 2 PDG, interaction with matter 

5  Wed  Feb 3, 2010 
Interaction of Radiation with Matter:  charged particles  radiation shielding, dose 
Longair, chapter 2 Longair, chapter 3 Leo, chapter 2 PDG, interaction with matter PDG, radoactivity/radiation protection 
HW#2 due Feb 15 

Mon  Feb 8, 2010  no lecture, to be rescheduled   HW#1 due today  
Mon  Feb 15, 2010  no lecture, to be rescheduled   HW#2 due today  
6  Wed  Feb 17, 2010 
Particle Detectors:  basic detector properties:  energy resolution  response function  dead time 
Leo, chapter 5 Knoll, chapter 4 PDG, detectors for nonaccelerator physics PDG, detectors for accelerators 
HW#3 due Feb 22 

7  Mon  Feb 22, 2010 
Particle Detectors:  dead time  scintillation detectors 
Leo, chapter 7 Knoll, chapter 8 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 
HW#3 due today  
8  Wed  Feb 24, 2010 
Particle Detectors:  ionization detectors 
Leo, chapter 6 Knoll, chapter 57 PDG, detectors for nonaccelerator physics PDG, detectors for accelerators 

9  Mon  Mar 1, 2010 
Particle Detectors:  detectors for accelerator experiments  ATLAS and CMS 
PDG, detectors for nonaccelerator
physics PDG, detectors for accelerators 

10  Wed  Mar 3, 2010 
Particle Detectors:  semiconductor detectors 
Leo, chapter 10 PDG, detectors for nonaccelerator physics PDG, detectors for accelerators 
HW #4 due Mar 10 

11  Mon  Mar 8, 2010 
Statistics:  introduction  treatment of experimental data 
Leo, chapter 4 PDG, probability PDG, statistics 

12  Wed  Mar 10, 2010 
Statistics:  syst and stat errors  maximum likelihood  parameter estimation least square method 
Leo, chapter 4 PDG, intro PDG, probability PDG, statistics 
HW #5 due Mar 17 

13  Wed  Mar 15, 2010 
Statistics:  Bayesian/Frequentist approach  hypothesis testing and significance  confidence intervals and limits  Feldman/Cousin method 
Leo, chapter 4 PDG, probability PDG, statistics 

14  Wed  Mar 17, 2010 
Statistics:  Bayesian/Frequentist approach  confidence intervals and limits Monte Carlo Techniques:  random numbers 
Bevington, chapter 5 PDG, monte carlo techniques PDG, MC particle numbering scheme Feldman and Cousin, Phys. Rev. D 57, 38733889 
HW#5 due today HW #6 due Apr 7 

15  Wed  Mar 22, 2010 
Particle Detectors:  thermal detectors  microcalorimeters in astrophysis 
Enss, Cryogenic Particle Detection 

16  Wed  Mar 24, 2010 
Particle Detectors:  air showers  ground based air shower detectors  radio detection 
Anchordoqui and Montaruli, Ann.Rev.Nuc.Part.Phys, 2009 

Mon  Mar 29, 2010  no lecture  spring recess  
Wed  Mar 31, 2010  no lecture  spring recess  
17  Mon  Apr 5, 2010 
Statistics:  goodness of fit  hypothesis testing 
James, chapters 1011 Barlow, chapters 79 PDG, statistics 

18  Wed  Apr 7, 2010 
Numerical Methods:  Taylor series  finite difference calculus  interpolation and extrapolation 
Hornbeck, chapters 24 
HW#6 due today 

19  Mon  Apr 12, 2010 
Numerical Methods:  interpolation and extrapolation  data smoothing  roots of equations  numerical integration 
Hornbeck, chapters 5, 8 Bevington, appendices AB 

20  Wed  Apr 14, 2010 
Numerical Methods:  simultaneous equations  matrix eigenvalue problem Analysis Techniques:  blind analysis 
Hornbeck, chapters 6,9,10 Bevington, appendices AB Klein and Roodman, Ann.Rev.Nuc.Part.Phys.,2005 

21  Mon  Apr 19, 2010 
Accelerator Techniques:  introduction & history  basic accelerator techniques 
Henley, chapter 2 PDG, accelerator physics of colliders PDG, highenergy collider parameters 

22  Wed  Apr 21, 2010 
Accelerator Techniques:  accelerator machines  collisions Course Review:  what did we learn? 
PDG, accelerator physics of colliders PDG, highenergy collider parameters 

23  Mon  Apr 26, 2010 
Course Project:  independent work period 
Benka, Physics Today, Dec 2008 effective science communication 

24  Wed  Apr 28, 2010 
Course Project:  independent work period 

25  Mon  May 7, 2010 
Course Project:  final presentations 
finalpresentations  
26  Wed  May 14, 2010 
Course Project:  final presentations 
finalpresentations 
Homework & Solutions
 homework #1  due Feb 8, 2010
 homework #2  due Feb 15, 2010
 homework #3  due Feb 22, 2010
 homework #4  due March 10, 2010
 homework #5  due March 17, 2010
 homework #6  due April 7, 2010
Course Projects
 instructions and list of projects
 outline of course projects
 preparing the presentation for your course project
 final course presentations on May 7 and May 14, 2010 at noon
Other Material
 "Towards the Observation of Signal over Background in Future Experiments", physics/9808016v1
 "On Observability of Signal over Background", physics/9809037v2
 "A simple explanation for DAMA with moderate channeling", arxiv.org/abs/0910.0007
 "Scintillation studies of Bi4Ge3O12 (BGO) down to a temperature of 6 K", Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A 594 (2008) 358?361
Effective Science Communication
A collection of links from and to variuos people. Talks and Presentations
 Who is listening? What do they hear?, Stephen Benka, Physics Today, Dec. 2008.
 How to give a science talk, Stephanie Pfirman, Martin Stute, and Dallas Abbott, Columbia University, 2006
 How to write and give a good scientific talk, Janet Conrad, 2005
 How to add value to your slides, Warren Wiscombe, 2009
 Hints for Good Talks, Hendrik Schatz, 2010
 Posters
 Writing
 The Science of Scientific Writing Gopen and Swan, American Scientist, Nov/Dec 1990
 Right your Writing, Judith Swan, The Scientist, vol. 23, 2009
Course Feedback
Click the following links to provide anonymous feedback on official course evaluations, April 1926, 2010
 endofcourse survey
 exercises#2
 exercises#1
 general comments&suggestions
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