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1. Course title

Hiukkasfysiikan kokeet
Experimentell partikelfysik ? Partikelfysikens experiment
Particle Physics Experiments

2. Course code


Aikaisemmat leikkaavat opintojaksot 53299 Hiukkasfysiikan kokeet, 5 op.

3. Course status: compulsory or optional

-Which degree programme is responsible for the course?
Master’s Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences

-Which module does the course belong to?
PAP300 Advanced Studies in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences (optional for Study Track in Particle Physics and Cosmology)

-Is the course available to students from other degree programmes?

4. Course level (first-, second-, third-cycle/EQF levels 6, 7 and 8)

Master’s level, degree programmes in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine = secondcycle
degree/EQF level 7
Doctoral level = third-cycle (doctoral) degree/EQF level 8

-Does the course belong to basic, intermediate or advanced studies (cf. Government Decree
on University Degrees)?
Advanced studies

5. Recommended time/stage of studies for completion

-The recommended time for completion may be, e.g., after certain relevant courses have
been completed.

Can be taken at any stage of master's or doctoral studies

6. Term/teaching period when the course will be offered

Given every second year (even years) in the spring term, in III and IV periods.

7. Scope of the course in credits

5 cr

8. Teacher coordinating the course

Kenneth Österberg

9. Course learning outcomes

-Description of the learning outcomes provided to students by the course
- See the competence map (

After the course, the student will...

  1. learn the basic principles of particle accelerators and their applications in other fields.
  2. understand the dynamics of particles in an accelerator.
  3. be able to apply the understanding to design a particle accelerator.
  4. learn the basic principles of particle detectors of high energy physics and their applications in other fields.
  5. understand the different types of particle detectors and their strengths and weaknesses as well as the synergy between them.
  6. be able to apply the understanding to design a high energy physics experiment.

10. Course completion methods

-Will the course be offered in the form of contact teaching, or can it be taken as a distance
learning course?
-Description of attendance requirements (e.g., X% attendance during the entire course or
during parts of it)
-Methods of completion

Exercises based on lectures, oral presentation and a final oral exam.

11. Prerequisites

-Description of the courses or modules that must be completed before taking this course or
what other prior learning is required


Highly recommended: FYS2016 Elektrodynamiikka I, FYS2017 Elektrodynamiikka II and FYS2005 Kvanttifysiikan sovelluksia I - Atomit ja molekyyli. 


12. Recommended optional studies

-What other courses are recommended to be taken in addition to this course?
-Which other courses support the further development of the competence provided by this

Courses in the course package of Instrumentation of Particle Physics

13. Course content

-Description of the course content

  • Accelerators: Particle Accelerator History and Basics, Transverse Beam Dynamics and Accelerator Lattice, Longitudinal Beam Dynamics, Accelerating Cavities,
    Electron Dynamics, Imperfections & instabilities, Colliders & cooling, The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), Future colliders and accelerator applications.
  • Experiments: Particle Detector History and Basics, Tracking and Particle Interaction with Matter, Gaseous charged particle detectors,  Semiconductor charged
    particle detectors, Scintillation and Photon Detectors, Energy Measurement and Jet Reconstruction, Calorimeters, Particle Identification, Detector Systems, Trigger
    and Data Acquisition, The LHC experiments.

14. Recommended and required literature

-What kind of literature and other materials are read during the course (reading list)?
-Which works are set reading and which are recommended as supplementary reading?

  • Lecture notes;   
  • E. Wilson: An Introduction to Particle Accelerators (Oxford University Press 2001) for the Accelerators part.

Supplementary reading:

  • Particle Data Group Reviews on Experimental Methods and Colliders (available on
  • D. Green: The Physics of Particle Detectors (Cambridge University Press 2005) 
  • K. Kleinknecht: Detectors for Particle Radiation (2nd edition, Cambridge University Press 1998)

15. Activities and teaching methods in support of learning

-See the competence map (
-Student activities
-Description of how the teacher’s activities are documented

Weekly lectures and exercises (individual work). Oral presentation (individual). Final oral exam. Total hours 135.

16. Assessment practices and criteria, grading scale

-See the competence map (
-The assessment practices used are directly linked to the learning outcomes and teaching
methods of the course.

Final grade is based on exercises (40 %), oral presentation (compulsory, 20 %) and oral exam (40 %).

17. Teaching language


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