Particle Detectors: Theory and Application

Module PH2062

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Basic Information

PH2062 is a year module in German language at Master’s level which is offered every semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • General catalogue of special courses
  • Specific catalogue of special courses for Applied and Engineering Physics
  • Specific catalogue of special courses for nuclear, particle, and astrophysics

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
300 h 75 h 10 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2062 is Bernhard Ketzer.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Einführung: Anwendungsbeispiele und Beschleuniger Wechselwirkung von schweren geladenen Teilchen mit Materie Siliziumdetektoren Energiemessung Ortsmessung Elektronik und Datenerfassung Szintillation und Photodetektion Experiment Trigger Flugzeit Messung Impulsmessung Teilchenidentifizierung Wechselwirkung von Elektronen mit Materie Energiemessung: elektromagnetische und hadronische Kalorimeter Cerenkov Effekt und RHICH und DIRC Detektoren Neutrino Detektoren

Learning Outcome

Nach der Teilnahme an diesem Modul kennt die/der Studierende: 1) Die auführliche Beschreibung der Wechselwirkung von geladenen Teilchen und Materie 2) Die Eigenschaften von Siliziumdetektoren und ihre Anwendung bei Messungen der Energie und des Ortes verschiedener Teilchensorten 3) Die Grundlage der Auslese Kette jedes Detektor 4) Die Eigenschaften von Szintillatoren und Cerenkov Detektoren und ihre Anwenundgen in mehreren Experimenten.


No preconditions in addition to the requirements for the Master’s program in Physics.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VU 4 Particle Detectors – Theory and Practice 2 Ketzer, B. einzelne oder verschobene Termine

Learning and Teaching Methods

Vortrag, Beamerpräsentation, Tafelarbeit, Übungen in Einzel- und Gruppenarbeit




K. Kleinknecht: Detektoren für Teilchenstrahlung. Teubner, Stuttgart 1992. W.R. Leo: Techniques for Nuclear and Particle Physics Experiments. Springer, Berlin 1994. G.F. Knoll: Radiation Detection and Measurement. J. Wiley, New York 1979. N. Tsoulfanidis: Measurement and Detection of Radiation. Taylor & Francis, 1995. C. Grupen: Teilchendetektoren. Spektrum Verlag, 1993. R.K. Bock, A. Vasilescu: The Particle Detector BriefBook. Springer, Berlin 1998.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In an oral exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.

In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as a written test. In this case the time duration is 60 minutes.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam at the end of the semester. There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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