Fall 2017 - PHYS 492 D100

Special Topics in Physics (3)

Instrument Techniques-HEP

Class Number: 4753

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 5016, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 10, 2017
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    AQ 5005, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Permission of the department.



Studies in areas not included within the undergraduate course offerings of the Department of Physics.


This course gives an overview of the experimental techniques used in high-energy particle physics. In particular, subatomic particle accelerator and detector technologies are covered.  The format of the course after 2-3 introductory lectures by the professor, is for the students to take turns presenting a particular class of detectors, based on the corresponding chapter in the textbook, as well as extra reading of research papers.  These presentations are followed by an extensive discussion period where other students are expected to contribute through comments and questions.  There is a term project for the course where students put together the knowledge gained about individual detectors to describe an existing or planned particle physics experiment.


  • Class presentations 30%
  • Participation in discussion sessions 20%
  • Term project 30%
  • Assignments 20%



Required: “Particle Detectors”, Claus Grupen and Boris Shwartz, Cambridge Monographs (ISBN: 978-0-521-84006-4) ;
Recommended:  “Introduction to Experimental Particle Physics”. Richard Fernow, Cambridge University Press (ISBN: 0-521-37940-7)

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students who cannot write their exam during the course's scheduled exam time must request accommodation from their instructor in writing, clearly stating the reason for this request, before the end of the first week of classes.

Registrar Notes:

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