Particle Detectors - SS 2017


The lecture will be given by Dr. Stefan Klepser (stefan.klepser [a] and Dr. Rolf Buehler (rolf.buehler [a]


Advances in physics have historically been closely related to the improvements in the detection of particles. In this lecture we will give an overview of the different ways particles interact in matter, and how these interactions are used for particle detection. We will discuss examples of current particle detectors. In the exercises we will apply this knowledge to develop a possible detector for a future gamma-ray satellite in simulations.

The covered topics will include:

  • Interactions of particles with matter
  • Scintillation counters and photon detectors
  • Trackers, semiconductors and Cherenkov detectors
  • Electromagnetic and hadronic calorimeters
  • Examples of detectors in particle (e.g. ATLAS and CMS) and astro-particle physics (e.g. the H.E.S.S. or the Fermi gamma-ray telescopes)

The lecture will be given in english. Please let us know in case you would like to attend and this poses a problem.

Where and when?

Lecture: Tue 13-15 NEW 14 1'13, the first lecture will be on the 18.4.2017.
Exercise: Thu 10-11 NEW 14 1'13, the first exercise will be on the 27.4.2017.
See also here for the official course catalog page.


The lectures will mostly be based on the following books:
  • Detektoren für Teilchenstrahlung,  Kleinknecht, Springer
  • Particle Detectors, Grupen & Schwartz, Cambridge University Press
  • Teilchendetektoren, Kolanoski & Wermes, Springer

Lecture notes & exercises

Notes and exercises will be posted after the lecture here (PWD protected).

The simulation of a gamma-ray detector for a satellite will be carried out with the MEGALIB simulation package.