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High Energy Experimental Physics I


Wednesday, 9 October 2019 to Friday, 29 May 2020
Total hours: 40
Hours of lectures: 40

Examination procedure

  • Written test
  • oral exam


Interaction of radiation with matter, interaction of charged particles, ionization, multiple scattering, bremsstrahlung, interaction of photons, electromagnetic showers. General characteristics of particle detectors. Fundamentals of probability and statistics with applications to the experimental particle physics using the ROOT analysis framework.

Historical introduction to particle physics, from the first discoveries to the standard model. Dynamics of elementary particles: introduction to the 4 forces and to Feynman graphs. Decays and conservation laws. Relativistic kinematics, use of the invariants, the invariant phase space, the Dalitz plot. Parity, charge conjugation, neutral kaons, CP violation.


Accademic Goal

Learn the characteristics of the interaction of particles with matter and the principles of operation of particle detectors. Learn the fundamentals of the Standard Model of particle physics also through the experiments that allowed its development.

Bibliographical references

Griffiths: Introductions to Elementari Particles . Wiley.   
Cahn and Goldaber : The experimental Foundation of Particle Physics
Blum, Rolandi: Particle Detection with Drift Chambers. Springer.  
Glen Cowan, Statistical Data Analysis.