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Modern Concepts for Radiation Detection

Module PH2293

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.

Module version of WS 2020/1 (current)

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
WS 2020/1WS 2019/20

Basic Information

PH2293 is a semester module in English or German language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

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

  • Specific catalogue of special courses for nuclear, particle, and astrophysics
  • Specific catalogue of special courses for Applied and Engineering Physics
  • Complementary catalogue of special courses for condensed matter physics
  • Complementary catalogue of special courses for Biophysics

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

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 60 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2293 is Stephan Paul.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This lecture constitutes the first part of a two-semester course on particle detectors. The second part held in summer 2020 will be experimental. Students will design and build a particle detector and learn about group work and projects management. The various tasks will be shared among the participants according to their skills and interest,. The second part of the course will be conducted in cooperation with Dr. F. Simon from the Max-Planck Institut für Physik.

  • The course will cover the physics of particle detectors. It will introduce the experimental techniques used in nuclear, particle physics and photon science, and describe the layout and functionality of modern experiments. The lecture includes the interaction of particles with matter, scintillators and time-of-flight detectors, the principle of gas chambers, silicon detectors, modern calorimetry and detectors for particle identification. We will also discuss recombining the information of sensors to reproduce individual interactions. Large detector systems as used at accelerators like LHC and KEKB and the future ILC and XFEL will also be discussed.  

Learning Outcome

After successful completion of the module the students are able to:

At the end of the course, students will be familiar with modern detection methods in high energy and photon physics. They will have the basis to perform measurements of ionization, position, energy and momentum of particles, as well as particle identification and timing measurements. Through the journal club/exercise sessions  they will develop competence in quickly and critically acquiring information from publications other than textbooks and deepen their knowledge on particular topics of moderne technology in science.


Course of KTA Intro or KTA Expert

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 2 Modern Concepts for Radiation Detection Paul, S. Wed, 10:00–12:00, PH II 127
and singular or moved dates
UE 2 Exercise to Modern Concepts for Radiation Detection
Responsible/Coordination: Paul, S.
Tue, 10:00–12:00, PH II 227

Learning and Teaching Methods

In the thematically structured lecture, learning contents are presented. The presentations and explanations of the physical fundamentals of particle detection, the methodical implementation and technological realizations are interleaved. The students will be involved in the lecture by means of question blocks, so that scientific discussions can develop. 

The topics are further developed in the exercises through a combination of discussion of applications and deepening of knowledge based on publications, so that the students are able to apply newly learned kkeywords and concepts in a scientific discussion.

This should also create the prerequisites for successfully passing an oral examination.


Powerpoint presentations with all material and supplementary meterial to be published on Moodle


See Moodle information

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

There will be an oral exam of 30 minutes duration. Therein the achievement of the competencies given in section learning outcome is tested exemplarily at least to the given cognition level using comprehension questions and sample calculations.

For example an assignment in the exam might be: Principles of operation of radiation detectors, realization of principles, Combination of detector systems for retrieval of complete information

In the exam no learning aids are permitted.

Exam Repetition

The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.

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