Extreme Universe
Laboratory
Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics of Moscow State University Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics of Moscow State University
русский / english

Education and Outreach

Course: 2012 Internship

INSTRUCTOR: Giulia Vannoni

A. DESCRIPTION

These lectures form a two-weeks internship training carried out in Paris by researchers in X- and gamma-ray astronomy. The course covers the basis of the radiation processes involved in High Energy Astrophysics phenomena, the most relevant interactions between radiation and matter, as well as experimental techniques and issues associated with X- and gamma-ray detection. Also covered is the physics of Gamma Ray Bursts.

B. ORGANIZATION

This is a lecture course in which topics are presented by the instructors, practice examples are explained, and students are assigned problems or questions both during lecture periods and outside of class.

C. COURSE OBJECTIVES

  1. Learn About Gamma-Ray Instruments.
  2. Understand about high energy interactions.
  3. Learn about recent developments in advanced sensors.
  4. Learn about Space Craft Observations.
  5. Simulate X/gamma ray instruments; Predict their Performance.
  6. Analyze Space Data.
  7. Learn About Making Real Measurements.

D. COURSE TOPICS

The course will cover the following topics:
  1. Introduction and Overview by Giulia Vannoni (download pdf)
  2. Experimental Gamma-Ray Astronomy by Francois Lebrun (download pdf)
  3. Radiation-matter interactions by Cyril Lachaud (download pdf)
  4. Radiative processes in High-Energy Astrophysics by Lara Nava (download pdf)
  5. Gamma-Ray Bursts: Theory and Observations by Lara Nava (download pdf)
  6. Superconducting Detectors by Andrea Tartari (download pdf)
  7. Space environment by Phillipe Laurent (download pdf)
  8. Sample Data Analysis of IBIS by Phillipe Laurent (download pdf)
  9. INTEGRAL observations of Gamma-Ray Bursts polarization by Phillipe Laurent (download pdf)
  10. Second week Tuesday lecture (to be provided)
  11. Second week Tuesday lecture (to be provided)
  12. Second week Wednesday lecture (to be provided)
  13. Second week Thursday lecture (to be provided)
  14. Second week Thursday lecture (to be provided)
  15. Second week Friday lecture (to be provided)

E. COURSE SCHEDULE

First week
Mon. 5 10.00 – 13.00 Welcome and logistics (G.Vannoni)
14.30 – 17.00 Radiative Processes (L. Nava)
Tue. 6 10.00 – 12.30 Introduction to GRB phenomenology (L. Nava)
14.00 – 16.00 Introduction to the astronomical interest of GRBs (P. Goldoni)
Optical observations of high energy sources (P. Goldoni)
16.30 – 18.30 Methods of GRB identification on the background of magnetosphere electron precipitation (V. Bogomolov)
Wed. 7 10.00 – 12.30 Introduction to cosmic ray physics (V. Bogomolov)
14.00 – 16.30 Radiation in the near-Earth space (V. Bogomolov)
Thur. 8 10.00 – 11.00 Journal Club FACe
11.00 – 12.30 Interactions of radiation with matter (C. Lachaud)
14.00 – 15.30 Interactions of radiation with matter (C. Lachaud)
16.00 – 18.00 Polarisation measurements with INTEGRAL (P. Laurent)
Fr. 9 9.30 – 11.00
11.30 – 13.00
Introduction to gamma-ray detectors (F. Lebrun)
ASICs (P. Laurent)
14.30 – 16.30
17.00 – 18.30
Superconducting detectors for cosmological studies (A. Tartari)
Energetic particles acting on the spacecraft materials (V. Bogomolov)
Second Week
Mon. 12 9.30 – 12.30 PMT characterisation (A. Creusot)
14.00 – 18.00 PMT characterisation (A. Creusot)
Tue. 13 9.30 – 12.30 PMT characterisation (A. Creusot)
14.00 – 18.00 PMT characterisation (A. Creusot)
Wed. 14 9.30 – 12.30 Individual work on PMT measurements (supervision: G. Vannoni, V. Bogomolov, G. Prevot)
14.00 – 15.00 High Energy Seminar:
Search for high-energy astrophysical neutrinos with IceCube
15.00 – 18.00 Exercise: INTEGRAL data analysis (P. Laurent)
Thur. 15 10.00 – 12.30 Individual work on PMT measurements and INTEGRAL data (supervision: G. Vannoni, V. Bogomolov, G. Prevot)
14.00 – 18.00 Exercise: INTEGRAL data analysis (P. Laurent)
Fr. 16 9.30 – 11.30 GRBs and cosmology (G. Smoot)
11.30 – 13.00 Conclusions and final remarks (G. Smoot, F. Lebrun)

F. TEXT AND REQUIRED SUPPLIES

Text and References:
To be provided by Dr. Giulia Vannoni

G. GRADING PLAN

Coursework will be weighted as follows:
1. Homework 25%
2. Quizzes 25%
3. Final exam 30%
4. Attendance &
Participation

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20%
25% + 55% + 20% = 100%
Extra Credit given for creative and outstanding solutions and new concepts or an oral report.
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