Course: Basics of Experimental Particle and Nuclear Physics

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Course title Basics of Experimental Particle and Nuclear Physics
Course code UF/PF502
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 8
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
Lecturer(s)
  • LICHARD Peter, prof. Ing. DrSc.
  • SMOLEK Karel, Ing. Ph.D.
Course content
Outline of history and present status of nuclear and particle physics. Key discoveries, experiments and ideas. Properties and structure of nuclei, nuclear forces. Radioactivity, radioactive series. Nuclear reactions. Structure, interactions and properties of particles; leptons, gauge bosons, hadrons; mesons and baryons; stable and unstable particles, resonances; antiparticles. Quarks and gluons. Higgs boson. Leading experimental centers. Kinematics of collisions and decays. Conservation laws, relativistic invariants. Laboratory system and center-of-mass system. Cross section. Mean lifetime, decay width, branching fraction. Accelerators. Moving of a charged particle in electric and magnetic field. Basic principles and types of accelerators; linear accelerators electrostatic and radio frequency; cyclic accelerators of electrons, protons and ions; primary and secondary beams, targets; ion sources; accumulators and colliders, accelerator complexes. Detectors. Physical principles and characteristics of detectors; gaseous, scintillation, semiconductor and Cherenkov detectors. Tracking detectors. Detecting photons and neutrons. Spectrometers and calorimeters. Detector complexes. Trigger logics. Acceptance and resolution. Computer simulation of experimental apparatus.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lectures, tutorial sessions, regularly assigned and evaluated home tasks.
Recommended literature
  • Dosch, H. G. Za hranicemi nanosvěta.. Academia, 2011. ISBN 978-80-200-1871-7.
  • Frühwirth R., RegIer, M., Bock R. K., Grote H., Notz D. Data Analysis Techniques for High-Energy Physics. Cambridge University Press, 2000. ISBN 0-521-63548-9.
  • Martin, B. R. Nuclear and Particle Physics: An Introduction.. John Wiley and Sons Ltd, 2009. ISBN 978-0470742754.
  • Úlehla I. - Suk M. - Trka Z. Atomy, jádra, částice. Academia, 1990. ISBN 8020001352.
  • Žáček J. Úvod do fyziky elementárních částic. Nakladatelství Karolinum, 2005. ISBN 9788024611099.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava Computational Physics (1) Physics courses 1 Summer