Special Topics in Experimental Physics (graduate seminar)
Subtitle : Examining experimental publications in high energy physics
Description : We will go over experimental publications from the past two decades in high energy proton-proton and heavy ion collisions with a focus on key probes such as jets, heavy flavor particles and discuss more recent techniques involving machine learning. Each week will focus on a single paper and the discussion will cover the experimental technicalities, physics take-aways and also learn about the writing style in scientific publications. The course will end with a final presentation on a specific topic of interest. It is useful to have taken PHYS 8142 and 8144 but not a requirement.
The format of the class is such that we will go through a published article (which can be accessed via the link mentioned below) each week. Since this class meets multiple times per week, we will focus on one aspect of the paper in each class such as main physics takeaways, the language, figures and discuss amongst ourselves about what one can learn from each paper (both +s and -s).
Week 14 - Nov 21st - 25th - Thanksgiving break
Finals week - Presentations and discussions
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