Università degli studi dell'Insubria

DETECTION TECHNIQUES FOR IONIZING PARTICLES BASED ON SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES

A.A. di erogazione 2019/2020

Laurea Magistrale in FISICA
 (A.A. 2019/2020)
Anno di corso: 
1
Tipologia di insegnamento: 
Affine/Integrativa
Settore disciplinare: 
FISICA APPLICATA (A BENI CULTURALI, AMBIENTALI, BIOLOGIA E MEDICINA) (FIS/07)
Crediti: 
6
Ciclo: 
Secondo Semestre
Ore di attivita' frontale: 
66
Dettaglio ore: 
Lezione (44 ore), Esercitazione (22 ore)

In terms of knowledge, the main goal of the course is to get acquainted with state-of-the-art instruments and methods for the detection of nuclear radiation and single photons. As far as skills are concerned, the student is guided towards the capability to use advanced silicon detectors and set-up basic experiments.

Fundamentals of interaction of radiation with matter. Basics of computer assisted data analysis. The knowledge of MATLAB will be an added value.

Radiation detection underwent a tremendous development over the past 30 years, leading to the design, engineering, construction of the large apparata in use at particle physics labs like CERN and FERMIlab and, at the same time, to a wide use of nuclear based technologies in industry, health care and homeland security.
The course intend to provide the students a hands-on introduction to the main techniques and methods for X, gamma, alpha and beta detection.
The focus of the activity will be based on Silicon sensors, detecting either the ionization in a sensitive volume or photons emitted by scintillating materials (direct and indirect detection of nuclear particles). The main detectors in use will be monolithic pixels and Silicon Photomultipliers.

Students will be introduced to the heart of the matter by a series of lectures and by preliminary hands-on exercises. At later stage, they will join the ongoing activities and be part of the daily experimental efforts. They will have a specific task defined and assigned, addressing the definition fo the problem, its specific relevance, the set-up design and commissioning, calibration and cross-check, experiment implementation, data analysis and reporting.

Students will summarize the activity and the results in a seminar, discussed with the team members and the class mates

Lecture notes and scientific papers.

The course will be based on the specific pre-existing knowledge of the students and the ongoing activities in the Research lab.