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Week
1

Week 1

4 hours to complete

Matter and forces, measuring and counting

4 hours to complete
13 videos (Total 88 min)
13 videos
1.1 Matter11m
1.2 Forces10m
1.2a Natural units (optional)2m
1.2b Special relativity and four-vectors (optional)7m
1.2c Virtual particles (optional)2m
1.3 Probability and cross section13m
1.3a Attenuation of a photon beam (optional)1m
1.4 Rutherford experiment7m
1.4a Rutherford cross section (optional)3m
1.4b Counting rate Rutherford (optional)2m
1.5 Quantum scattering10m
1.6 Rutherford experiment in practice (optional)13m
6 practice exercises
1.1 Matter30m
1.2 Forces30m
1.3 Probability and cross section30m
1.4 Rutherford experiment30m
1.5 Quantum scattering30m
Graded quiz for Module 130m
Week
2

Week 2

8 hours to complete

Nuclear physics

8 hours to complete
15 videos (Total 142 min), 1 reading, 10 quizzes
15 videos
2.2 Nuclear size and spin9m
2.3 Models of nuclear structure10m
2.3a QCD and nuclear force (optional)2m
2.4 Radioactivity: alpha decay9m
2.4a Energy of alpha particles (optional)1m
2.5 Beta and gamma decay8m
2.5a Exponential decay law (optional)1m
2.6 Radioactivity in practice (optional)8m
2.7 Radiocarbon dating and NMR imaging8m
2.8 Nuclear fission11m
2.9 Nuclear power6m
2.10 Nuclear fusion, the Sun and ITER8m
2.11 The tokamak of EPFL (optional)24m
2.12 The Beznau nuclear power plant (optional)20m
1 reading
2.4 Radioactivity: alpha decay10m
10 practice exercises
2.1 Nuclear mass and binding energy30m
2.2 Nuclear size and spin30m
2.3 Models of nuclear structure30m
2.4 Radioactivity: alpha decay30m
2.5 Beta and gamma decay30m
2.7 Radiocarbon dating and NMR imaging30m
2.8 Nuclear fission30m
2.9 Nuclear power30m
2.10 Nuclear fusion, the Sun and ITER30m
Graded quiz for Module 230m
Week
3

Week 3

7 hours to complete

Accelerators and detectors

7 hours to complete
14 videos (Total 99 min), 3 readings, 10 quizzes
14 videos
3.1a Cyclotron frequency (optional)2m
3.2 Acceleration and focalisation6m
3.2a The CERN accelerator complex (optional)3m
3.3 Components of the LHC (optional)14m
3.4 Heavy particles in matter6m
3.5 Light particles in matter4m
3.6 Photons in matter8m
3.7 Ionisation detectors7m
3.8 Semiconductor detectors7m
3.9 Scintillation and Cherenkov detectors12m
3.10 Spectrometers and calorimeters8m
3.10a Particle detection with ATLAS (optional)3m
3.11 Particle detectors at DPNC (optional)6m
3 readings
3.9 Scintillation and Cherenkov detectors10m
3.10 Spectrometers and calorimeters10m
3.11 Particle detectors at DPNC (optional)10m
10 practice exercises
3.1 Principles of particle acceleration30m
3.2 Acceleration and focalisation30m
3.4 Heavy particles in matter30m
3.5 Light particles in matter30m
3.6 Photons in matter30m
3.7 Ionisation detectors30m
3.8 Semiconductor detectors30m
3.9 Scintillation and Cherenkov detectors30m
3.10 Spectrometers and calorimeters30m
Graded quiz for Module 330m
Week
4

Week 4

4 hours to complete

Electromagnetic interactions

4 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 54 min)
7 videos
4.1a How to construct a Feynman diagram (optional)4m
4.2 Electromagnetic scattering13m
4.3 Spin and magnetic moment6m
4.3a Motion in a Penning Trap2m
4.4 Compton scattering and pair annihilation11m
4.5 Electron-positron annihilation8m
6 practice exercises
4.1 Reminder: Describing particle interactions30m
4.2 Electromagnetic scattering30m
4.3 Spin and magnetic moment30m
4.4 Compton scattering and pair annihilation30m
4.5 Electron-positron annihilation30m
Graded quiz for Module 430m

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