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Syllabus, Spring 2010

Tue Lecture
Thu Lecture
Week 1
Jan 19
Introduction: questions and answers in cosmology and particle physics. Start Special Relativity
: the postulates and Lorentz transformations

Jan 21 Special relativity and particle kinematics: length contraction and time dilation, 4-vectors, center of mass and laboratory frames, reaction thresholds, Compton Scattering, decays, Lorentz transformation of velocity, Doppler effect, beaming

HW1 due
Tue. 2/2
Week 2
Jan 26 superluminal motion and apparent speed. General Relativity: weak and strong equivalence principle and consequences, Pound-Rebka experiment and GPS system, metrics for curved space, FLRW metric, Distance measurements and standard candles (main sequence, cepheids, SNIa)

Jan 28, General relativity, Friedmann/Lemaitre equations, matter, radiation and vaacum, thermodynamics of the universe

Week 3
Feb 2, Thermodynamics of the Universe and the Early Universe, freeze-out,

Feb 4,
Lecture by Prof. Xerxes Tata on Supersymetric Dark Matter candidates
and collider searches for DM

HW2 due
Tue 2/16
Week 4

Feb 9, CMB, photon-to-baryon ratio and matter-antimatter asymmetry, start Dark Matter. Discussion on MonteCarlo and HW2.

Feb 11, Dark Matter candidates, Direct detection, recoil energy, Ionization energy losses
Week 5

Feb 16,
Energy losses of electrons and of photons. Synchrotron, Bremsstrahlung, Interactions radiation with matter

Feb 18, EM and hadronic showers, Cherenkov, Scintillators

HW3 due
Tue. 3/2
Week 6
Feb 23,Photomultipliers. Semiconductors. New photodetectors. Dark Matter searches. Direct detection rates, annual modulation in DAMA
Feb 25, LaR, LXe and CDMS, Indirect detection of DM with neutrinos and IceCube/Deep Core.

Week 7

Mar 2, Indirect DM searches with Gamma-rays, the Fermi haze. Indirect detection of DM with Cosmic Rays, PAMELA, AMS-02, electrons in Fermi-GLAST

Mar 4, PAMELA, AMS-02, particle ID techniques
HW4 due
Tue. 3/16
Week 8
Mar 9, Discussion on Maximum Likelihood Method, Fermi-GLAST, Cosmic Rays

Mar 11, Cosmic Rays

Week 9

Mar 16,Fermi acceleration models

Mar 18, Atmospheric showers

HW5 due
Tue. 4/6
Week 10

Mar 23, EAS and UHECR detection (Auger, HiReS). cosmogenic neutrinos and relations to UHECR.

Mar 25, The W&B limit, the UHECR sources (AGNs and GRBs), Horizontal showers and Earth Skimming neutrinos, Fluorescence from space (JEM-EUSO), Radio applied to CRs (LOFAR)

Week 11 Spring Break

Mar 30, no classes

Apr 1, no classes

Week 12
Apr 6, Neutrinos from SN collapse and the birth of Neutrino Astronomy (see handout section)
Prof. F. Halzen

Apr 8, Gamma Astronomy. The Cherenkov technique: IACTs and EAS

Week 13
Apr 13, AGIS, HAWC, gamma-ray sources: pulsars, binaries, magnetars, SGR

Apr 15,binaries, mqso, magnetars, GRBs

HW6 due
Tue. 4/29
Week 14
Apr 20, AGNs, Neutrino Astronomy, Connections with gamma astronomy

Apr 22, Neutrinos and their properties, oscillations

Week 15

Apr 27, Atmospheric and Solar neutrinos, SK, MINOS, SNO

Apr29, Neutrino Telescopes

Week 16

May 4, no lecture

May 6,
No lecture

We will use the time of the 2 lectures that are cancelled in the first week of May for the Final project presentations.
The final projects presentation will be on Tue. May 11, 2:30pm, in Ch 5310. Exceptionally I will offer another session for the Discussion on Fri 30 at 1pm in my office Ch 4112.

Final project: you should prepare some slides where you present a topic related to what we discussed in class. Possible projects are:

1) evaluation of a future project as if you were a reviewer for the funding agency to which the project requested support. You need to address your evaluation of the scientific motivations of the project, you should explain what are the potentials of this new experiments that make it better with respect to previous projects, the technical feasibility, make recommendations for improvements or to make sure that the construction and operation requirements are met;

2) you can collect information and discuss on a measurement, an experiment, a model, an analysis method, an aspect related to data analysis related to what we discussed in class. You need to read and comment at least 3 papers and illustrate the scientific relevance, the new outcomes on the item, the possible future developments.


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