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10.2.2020 at 09:00 - 28.4.2020 at 23:59


Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

Fri 13.3.2020
12:15 - 13:00
Fri 20.3.2020
12:15 - 13:00
Fri 27.3.2020
12:15 - 13:00
Fri 3.4.2020
12:15 - 13:00
Fri 17.4.2020
12:15 - 13:00
Fri 24.4.2020
12:15 - 13:00

Other teaching

13.03. - 03.04.2020 Fri 12.15-13.00
17.04. - 24.04.2020 Fri 12.15-13.00
Sami Lehti
Teaching language: English


Master’s Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences is responsible for the course.

Module where the course belongs to:

  • PAP300 Advanced Studies in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences
    Optional for:
    1. Study Track in Particle Physics and Cosmology

The course is available to students from other degree programmes.

Programming skills (any programming language).

Familiarity with the Linux programming environment and introduction to particle physics recommended.

You will learn tools used in the data/physics analysis in a typical High Energy Physics experiment.

Third or fourth year, after having basic knowledge in particle physics and programming, or the same spring you are applying for a CERN internship.

The course will be offered in the spring term, in III and IV periods.

The course provides an introduction to learning to use software used in a typical High Energy Physics experiment. The CMS experiment is used as an example.

Topics covered include:

  • Short review of UNIX
  • C++
  • ROOT
  • Combining languages
  • Cross section and branching ratio calculations
  • Event generators
  • Detector simulations
  • Reconstruction
  • Fast simulation
  • Grid computing

Lecture notes

A book on C++ for reference

Weekly lectures and exercises (individual work). Home exam.

Final grade is based on exercises (1/3) and home exam (2/3).

Exercises and final project.