PHY584 - Experimental Aspects of High-Energy Physics

This option constitutes an introduction to experimental high-energy physics and the use of its concept in astrophysics. The teaching schedule is shared equally between lectures and personal work in the form of data analysis or bibliographical studies.

The lectures address the recent context in high-energy physics through the presentation of the ongoing research activities pursued by the Laboratoire Leprince-Ringuet (LLR). Standard Model physics should be briefly introduced in the context of the search for the Higgs boson (with the CMS experiment at the LHC) and neutrinos oscillations (with the T2K experiment in Japan). The search for the high-energy cosmic radiations will be presented along with the observation of gamma-ray photons in space (Fermi experiment) and on earth (HESS experiment).

The notions of particle interactions with matter will be described through the technical description of particle detector functioning used at accelerators or in space. The rare phenomenon associated with the detection of a boson, a neutrino or a cosmic-ray photon, require dedicated experimental tools and specific statistical techniques presented in this lecture.

Depending on preference and subject availability, personal work will be devoted to either technical developments or data analysis conducted at LLR or studies of recent experimental published results.


Exams: Report / binomial and Individual oral presentation and evaluation
Course language: English