The Physics of Particle Detectors

summer term 2021
Lecturer: Silvia Masciocchi, Monica Dunford, Sebastian Bachmann
Link to LSF
23 participants

The course focuses on the physics of particle detectors, the beautiful and fascinating devices which supported discoveries through decades of physics, and which allow us to look into the smallest, the hottest, the coldest, the most fundamental elements of matter.

There is a variety of particle detectors, which exploit different aspects of the interaction of particles with matter to measure various properties of the particles themselves: their momentum, their energy, their velocity, their identity, etc. The working principles of gas detectors, silicon detectors, scintillators, calorimeters, and other detectors will be discussed. We will also see how many different detectors are combined into the modern high-energy physics experiments to cover wide-scope physics programmes.

The course includes:

  • the lectures, on Mondays 2-4 pm
  • the journal club, on Fridays 10-12 am

All will be held in zoom (coordinates will be distributed in due time).

The web page of the course is in preparation, and will be become available very soon!


This is a tentative plan for our course. Based on your experience and interests, we can tune it during the semester.


Date Topic Material
12.04.2021 Introduction slides
19.04.2021 Interaction of radiation with matter - part 1 slides recording
26.04.2021 Interaction of radiation with matter - part 2 slides recording
03.05.2021 Gas detectors - part 1 slides recording
10.05.2021 Gas detectors - part 2 slides recording
17.05.2021 Semiconductors - part 1 slides recording
25.05.2021 at 16:00 Semiconductors - part 2

slides recording (partial)

31.05.2021 Semiconductors - part 3 slides recording  ALPIDE
07.06.2021 Scintillators slides recording
14.06.2021 Photon detectors + Momentum measurement in magnetic fields slides recording
21.06.2021 Electro-magnetic calorimeters slides  recording (part 1 and part 2)
28.06.2021 Hadron calorimeters slides recording
05.07.2021 Meeting in person, looking at a few (small) detectors photos

The art of detector calibration.
The devil in the details.
Concluding discussion and remarks

calibration and wrap-up, recording

Practice groups

  • Group LEC + JC (Masciocchi, Bachmann, Dunford)
    23 participants
    Mon 14:00 - 16:00Fri 10:00 - 11:30


The Physics of Particle Detectors
summer term 2021
Bachmann Dunford Masciocchi
Link zum LSF
23 participants