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PAP329 Particle Physics Experiments, 5 cr 
Code PAP329  Validity 01.01.2017 -
Name Particle Physics Experiments  Abbreviation Particle Physic 
Scope5 cr   
TypeAdvanced studies
  GradingGeneral scale 
    Can be taken more than onceno
Unit Master's Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences 

Target group 

Master’s Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences is responsible for the course.

Module where the course belongs to:

  • PAP300 Advanced Studies in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences
    Optional for:
    1. Study Track in Particle Physics and Cosmology

The course is available to students from other degree programmes.


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

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

Learning outcomes 

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.
Completion methods 

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


Highly recommended:

  • FYS2016 Elektrodynamiikka I
  • FYS2017 Elektrodynamiikka II
  • FYS2005 Kvanttifysiikan sovelluksia I - Atomit ja molekyyli
Recommended optional studies 

Courses in the course package of Instrumentation of Particle Physics

  • 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.
Study materials and literature 
  • 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)
Activities and teaching methods in support of learning 

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

Assessment practices and criteria 

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


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