Academic Year 2022/2023 - Teacher: Sebastiano Francesco ALBERGO

Expected Learning Outcomes

The course is aimed to introduce the student to the technologies used in particle physics experiments. In particular, the student will learn how is designed a detector to be used in collider physics. In addition, the basic block of analysis strategies and Monte Carlo simulations will be addressed. The student will learn how to use object oriented program and the root package.

With respect to the Dublin Descriptors, this course intends to enhance:

- Knowledge and understanding:
Critical understanding of complex detector systems for particle, neutrino and 
astroparticle physics. Understanding of measurement methods and data analysis
and simulation techniques using the Monte Carlo method. - Applying knowledge and understanding: Ability to identify the distinctive elements of particle detectors. Ability to
understand the similarities and differences between lepton and hadronic collider
measurements. Ability to extrapolate the concepts learned to the design of detectors. Ability
to identify key elements for data analysis and application to different types of measures. - Communication skills: Skills in communication in the field of Elementary Particle Physics, use of scientific
language and terminology typical of detector physics, use of the correct terminology
in the presentation of the results of the measurements. - Learning skills: Acquisition of adequate cognitive tools for the continuous updating of knowledge and the
ability to access specialized literature both in the field of particle detector physics
and in contiguous fields.

Course Structure

Frontal lessons (3 CFU) and laboratory activities (3 CFU). Students will be addressed to  work together and to share their results.

Should the circumstances require online or blended teaching, appropriate modifications to what is hereby stated may be introduced, in order to achieve the main objectives of the course.

Required Prerequisites

Knowledge of general physics. knowledge of nuclear and subnuclear physics. knowledge of the 
theory of errors.
propedeutic courses:
none mandatory but we recommend the "Nuclear and Subnuclear Physics Laboratory" course.

Attendance of Lessons

Attendance to the course is normally mandatory (consult didactic Regulations of the Course 
of Studies)

Detailed Course Content

- Particle Physics Detector Design

  • Tracker detectors for particle momentum determination
  • Electromagnetic and hadronic calorimeters
  • Particle identification and Cherenkov Detectors.

- Detector design for Neutrino Physics with accelerators

  • Liquid Argon TPC’s
  • Emulsion detectors
  • Particle identification and Cherenkov Detectors.

- Hints about specific Particle Physics and Neutrino Physics experiments

- Laboratory measurements

  • measurements with Cherenkov detectors
  • SiPM characterization
  • Data taking in particle or Neutrino Physics


Textbook Information

Glenn F. Knoll  Radiation Detection and Measurement  John Wiley and Sons Ltd

Claus Grupen, Boris Shwartz  Particle Detectors  Cambridge University Press


Course Planning

 SubjectsText References
1the time schedule of the program is adapted each year to the specific interests of the students of the coursethe recommended texts can be integrated with scientific articles on the basis of the level of depth achieved on the specific topic


Learning Assessment Procedures

oral examination on the whole program and presentation of a summary report on one of 
the measurements carried out in the laboratory. The general ability and clarity of
presentation, the ability to frame the required theme in a context and the ability
to use laboratory tools will be considered. Students will be allowed to present
some topics of the course, in itinere, which will be taken into account in the evaluation
of the final exam.