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Particle Detectors


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This Open Access book describes all aspects of detectors used in high energy physics, astroparticle physics, and related fields.

Table of Contents

Preface to the first edition; Preface to the second edition; Introduction; 1. Interactions of particles and radiation with matter; 2. Characteristic properties of detectors; 3. Units of radiation measurements and radiation sources; 4. Accelerators; 5. Main physical phenomena used for particle detection and basic counter types; 6. Historical track detectors; 7. Track detectors; 8. Calorimetry; 9. Particle identification; 10. Neutrino detectors; 11. Momentum measurement and muon detection; 12. Ageing and radiation effects; 13. Example of a general-purpose detector: Belle; 14. Electronics; 15. Data analysis; 16. Applications of particle detectors outside particle physics; 17. Glossary; 18. Solutions; 19. Resume; Appendixes; Index.

About the Author

Claus Grupen is Professor in the Department of Physics at Siegen University. He was awarded the Special High Energy and Particle Physics Prize of the European Physical Society for establishing the existence of the gluon in independent and simultaneous ways, as member of the PLUTO experiment at DESY in 1995. Boris Shwartz is a Leading Researcher at the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics. He has worked on the development and construction of the detectors used in several projects, including the KEDR and CMD-2 detectors, and WASA and Belle experiments.


Review of the hardback: '... a comprehensive treatise.' Aslib Book Guide
Review of the hardback: '... an excellent book for graduate students and researchers in experimental particle physics, and for university staff teaching some undergraduate courses ..." Contemporary Physics Peter I. P. Kalmus
Review of the hardback: '...clearly laid out in textbook style, with a set of problems at the end of each chapter and solutions at the back. Fully referenced and generously indexed, it also includes five appendices covering fundamental constants, units, relevant material properties, decay schemes and Monte Carlo generators, which all go to make it a fully rounded reference work.' The Observatory
Review of the hardback: From reviews of the first edition: '... an excellent volume ...The level of detail, especially in the treatment of the physics underlying detector operation, makes it well suited for use by graduate students. Furthermore, its broad coverage, backed by a very extensive list of references, should satisfy the needs of more experienced researchers. I for one anticipate consulting it regularly in the future.' Physics World Bob Brown
Review of the hardback: Professor Grupen's career has taken him from cosmic ray muons in the 1970s to CERN's ALEPH experiment today, and in writing the book nothing has been left out.' CERN Courier James Gillies

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