BCGS Intensive Week - The Hunt for the Higgs Boson
E. von Toerne
2. - 6. October (including Oct 3rd)
, Conference room-II, Physikalisches Institut Bonn
This course will of interest both for students starting their master studies,
students who start their master project soon, Ph.D. students from other fields
of physics who wish to broaden their horizon. We will discuss the analysis of high-mass states at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).The BCGS intensive week aims at providing a detailed insight of an LHC detector and the experiments that are done with them to address important questions of fundamental physics today.
What does one need to know to analyse LHC data? While following these lines,
particular emphasis is given to
- scientific and technical requirements of LHC detectors
- physics of tracking and energy detectors
- theoretical background of LHC physics (Standard Model + Higgs physics)
- experimental methods to address these physics questions
Of course, not all topics can be addressed to depth within one week. Thus an
effort is made that students will receive an overview and understand the most
About half of the course is devoted to a hand-on project which will be organized
as a simulation game (planspiel). Participants will use toy data to reconstruct
proton proton collisions. Starting from uncalibrated hits we will create our own
algorithms and finally search for new physics at the LHC. Students will learn
several aspects of C++ and its applications in high energy physics.
The course is an all-day workshop starting on October 2nd at 9:15. Students from Cologne: There is a regional express at 8:38 from Köln-Süd that brings you to Bonn in time for the lecture. This train is free with your student ticket. Please note that despite the holiday on Oct. 3rd, we will have classes that day.
Form of Testing and Examination:
Seminar talk. Students who would like to obtain course credit for intensive week give a seminar talk during or after the intensive week. Please contact the instructor in advance if you would like to give a presentation. The course can also be taken without course credit.