Physics 56500 - Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics II

Course description:

Instructor: Jones
Title: Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics II
Offering: Sem. 2, Class 3, cr. 3.
Room : Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering, room 3109
Time : 9:00 - 10:15 am, Tuesday and Thursday
Prerequisites: Phys 360/ Phys 550 or Phys 460/ Phys 564 or equivalent. May be taken simultaneously.
Text: Some combination of class handouts to supplement
Bettini, Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics
Syllabus: Can be found here.
Schedule: Will be found here.
Description: This is the second part of a two-semester course sequence to give
an introduction to Particle Physics. Focus is given to the experimental
features, with phenomenological and theoretical considerations.
This course brings students up to the current status of research in
elementary particle physics.

This part of the course sequence will focus on experimental techniques
used to collect and analyze data from modern particle physics
experiments. Examples illustrating the application of these methods
in the analysis of Standard Model and Beyond the Standard Model physics
processes will be selected primarily from the CMS experiment.

The topics covered include an overview of statistical methods commonly
used in particle physics analysis, Monte Carlo methods, event generators,
and more advanced statistical techniques applied to electroweak processes,
QCD, top, and Higgs production at hadron colliders.

Assignments: Assignment 1 Due January 23rd. Here is a link to the ErrorFunction.C macro...
Assignment 2 Due February 8th. Here are links to the files you will need: graph.root, GraphExample.C... Solutions.
Assignment 3 Due February 20th. Here are links to the files you will need: ToyModel.C
Assignment 4 Due March 8th. You will need to download and modify TauPolarizationTemplates.C... Solutions.
Assignment 5 Due April 17th. Here are links to the files you will need: jet_example_20GeV.root,jet_example_50GeV.root,jet_example_200GeV.root, UnfoldTests.C...
Written report: En lieu of a midterm per se there will be a written report which summarizes the use of a particular advanced analysis technique in a particle physics measurement.
The due date for this written report will be Monday, April 30th.
Instructions: prepare a short (around 3-4 page) writeup summarizing a recent measurement performed by an experiment at the Tevatron or the LHC.
Be sure to clearly identify (a) experiment, energy, beams, luminosity (b) physics motivation (c) triggers used (d) offline event selection (e) backgrounds (f) construction of likelihoods used for fitting (g) discussion of advanced analysis techniques such as artificial neural networks, heavy flavor tagging, jet energy scale calibration, jet finding, unfolding, etc. (h) dominant systematic uncertainties.
Suggested topics:
Please indicate your preferred topic by Thursday, April 19th.
You can find a Powerpoint template for your talk HERE.
Oral report: En lieu of a final exam, there will be an oral presentation summarizing the key aspects of a physics measurement. These will be presented during the last week of class (April 24,26). Feedback from the oral report should be incorporated into the written report.
Lecture notes: Will be found here.