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Experimental High Energy Physics

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This course is a survey of the techniques of modern particle physics experiments; accelerators, low background laboratories and the detectors deployed there to study fundamental particles. The emphasis is on how these technologies allow us to probe new areas of particle physics. Several modern particle physics experiments will be used as examples to highlight these techniques. The basics of charged particle accelerators will be covered along with the limitations on energy and luminosity both from the point of view of accelerator technology, and the experiments. The design of low-background, underground laboratories will also be discussed and how they make it possible to study rare particle physics phenomena and search for possible dark matter candidates. The physics and technology of solid state, gas and liquid ionisation and scintillation detectors are covered, along with the practical application to identify long lived particles at accelerators or rare processes in underground labs. The physics of calorimeters and bolometers will be discussed along with the practical realization of these devices in present experiments, such as SuperCDMS and ATLAS. Innovative devices such as Cerenkov detectors will also be discussed along with their application in LHCb and the SNO+ experiment.

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specialized course
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Lecture: Mondays and Thursdays 1 pm-2 pm, MP 912
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Hong, Ziqing
Ziqing Hong
Trischuk, William
William Trischuk