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PX274 - Experimental Particle Physics

  • Module code: PX274
  • Module name: Experimental Particle Physics
  • Department: Physics
  • Credit: 7.5

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

To explain the methodology of elementary particle detection

Principal learning outcomes

At the end of the module students should: Understand how elementary particles can be detected; Be able to explain the physical principles limiting the processes use to detect particles; Understand the relativistic kinematics of collision events; Be able to use appropriate statistical techniques to study experimental data

Timetabled teaching activities

20 lectures

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/physics/current/teach/syllabi/year2/px274/

Other essential notes

Particle physics experiments are designed to study sub-atomic particles and to test their behaviour against the predictions of the Standard Model (SM). This modules explores how we actually make measurements. It uses the discovery of the Higgs boson at CERN as an example. The major pieces of that important discovery are examined, with more focus on the how and why than the precise quantitative calculation. The module starts with a brief introduction to particle accelerators, along with the long-lived particles of the Standard Model. The major part of the module describes the interaction of high-energy particles with matter, how this is used in tracking detectors and calorimeters and how these in turn are built into complete experiments which identify particle types, momenta and energies. As the data relating to the events that we want to analyse can be scarce, the module also explains the importance of statistical analysis in the study of such data sets.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
7.5 CATS (Module code: PX274-7.5)
B (Examination only) 1 hour examination (Summer) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • Undergraduate Physics (BSc) (F300) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Physics (BSc MPhys) (F304) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Physics and Business Studies (F3N1) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc MMathPhys) (FG33) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (BSc) (G100) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics with Intercalated Year (G101) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) (G103) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Master of Mathematics (with Intercalated Year) (G105) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) with Study in Europe (G106) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Business Studies (with Intercalated Year) (G1N2) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Business Studies (G1NC) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc) (GF13) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Economics (GL11) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Economics (with Intercalated Year) (GL12) - Year 2