Fall 2017 - PHYS 881 G200

Special Topics I (3)

Instrument Techniques in HEP-High Energy Phys.

Class Number: 4755

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

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



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)

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