Postgraduate course

Experimental Methods in Nuclear and Particle Physics

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codePHYS232
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish. Norwegian if only Norwegian students attend.
  • Resources

Semester of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course examines the principles of measurements in particle detectors coveringenergy loss of charged particles (Bethe-Bloch equation, Cherenkoveffect), interactions of photons and matter, behavior of electrons and ions in gases and solid state detectors, effects of electric and magnetic fields and time measurements in the first part. In the second part methods and detectors for measuring vertices, positions of particle tracks, momentum, energy of electromagnetic and hadronic showers, time and identifying particles. Both techniques and specific detectors used in present and past experiments are presented. The course is accompanied by tutorials on statistics and the LHC.

Learning Outcomes

After taking the course, students should be able to:

- know all about the interaction of charged and neutral particles with matter.

- discuss ionization loss characterized by the Bethe-Bloch equation, loss via bremsstrahlung, and the Cherenkov effect

- know all about principles of measuring electromagnetic showers (radiation length, critical energy, Moliere radius, resolution) and different calorimeter principles for electromagnetic showers and hadrons(homogeneous calorimeters, sampling calorimeters)

- know all about methods for measuring vertices, position, momentum and explain properties (resolution) of various tracking detectors; explain timing measurements and particle identification.

Required Previous Knowledge

Basic knowledge of minimum 60 ECTS in physics. Basic knowledge of classical electromagnetism, particle kinematics.

It is useful but not necessary to know basics in particle physics,

electronics and statistics

Recommended Previous Knowledge

PHYS115, PHYS241

Access to the Course

Students have to be enrolled at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural

Sciences in Bergen

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

The course has 10 homework problems that need to be solved by each

student. 50% correct solutions are required to be admitted to the exam.

Forms of Assessment

Final oral exam.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Course Evaluation

Students will evaluate teaching in line with the University of Bergen and

the Institute's quality assurance system

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Oral examination

    Withdrawal deadline