last update May 2006

Location: Chamberlin 2135

Duration: 30 lectures on TR
11:00 AM-12:15 PM

Main aim of the course: introducing
the current state of the art of Astroparticle physics and understanding
experiments built to solve specific questions of this physics field

Syllabus (Textbooks and
readings
are suggested here)

Lectures

17 January: Introduction to Special
Relativity

19 January: Lorentz transformations and
relativistic kinematics

24 January: end of special relativity, beginning of Introduction to Standard Model

26 January: Standard Model

31 January: Standard Model and Neutrinos

7 February: Solar Neutrinos

9February: Atmospheric Neutrinos and
beginning of interaction of particles with
matter

14 February: interaction of particles and
radiation with matter

16 February: interaction radiation with matter
and electromagnetic and hadronic showers and

Exercises in class (solutions to come)

21 February: Cherenkov effect, Transition
Radiation and generalities on detectors

23 February: Scintillators and Phototubes,
new applications, Cherenkov detectors (threshold, RICH)

and MC methods in relation to Homework 6

24 February: Transition Radiation detectors
and Gas Filled detectors

28 February: Geiger-Mueller, Spectrometers
and Calorimeters

2 March: Cosmic Rays, composition and
spectrum, SN as sources of CRs

7 March: Invited lecture by Ellen Zweibel on first &
second order Fermi acceleration and propagation of CRs

9 March: Acceleration mechanisms, Hillas
Plot, Sources of CRs, CR spectra at low energies, solar modulation and

geomagnetic field effects

Spring break

21 March: Ballon
and satellite experiments
for primary CR measurements: PAMELA, AMS and Caprice 98

23 March: Invited Lectures by Prof. Eli Waxman on CRs

24 and 28 March: Invited Lecture
of
Prof. Karle on Gamma Astronomy (including Hw assignment due on Tue 4)

30 March: EAS detectors: Surface detectors,
Cherenkov, Fluorescence. Experiments: AGASA, Hires, Pierre Auger

4 April: EAS detectors: Pierre Auger.

A New technique: radio detection. LOFAR and
LOPES

6 April: TeV gamma sources and GLAST,
comparison between satellites and neutrino telescopes

18 April: Neutrino Astronomy, neutrino fluxes
and their connection to gamma ones, Stellar collapse and Chandrasekar
mass

20 April: Core Collapse SN, neutrino emission
and detection, Microquasars and W&B limit for extra-galactic sources

25 April: Muon and Tau energy losses,
neutrino cross sections, Neutrino Telescopes

27 April: Tau neutrinos and the regeneration
process, cascades and tracks, detector parameters, analysis methods

2 May: Gravitational wave Astronomy: theory
of GWs and analogies with em waves, signals and noise, detectors:
resonant bars

4 May: Gravitational wave astronomy:
interferometers (LIGO, Virgo, LISA)

Homeworks and suggested solutions

Homework 1 find also pdf version

Homework 2 find also pdf version

Homework 3 find also pdf version

Homework 4 find also pdf version

Homework 5 find also pdf version

Solution of class exercises

Homework 6 find also pdf version

Homework 7 find also pdf version

Homework 8 find also pdf version

Homework 9 find also pdf version

Homework 10 find also pdf version

Homework 11 find also pdf version

Prof. Karle's Hw: ROOT script for the solution of
the first part on the photon density from a vertical muon