Topic outline

  • Introduction to the course

    Course goals and organization

    The course presents advanced topics in instrumentation for ionizing radiation, with particular focus on applications in nuclear and particle physics, but with examples also from other fields.

    The students will acquire knowledge of modern sensor technologies and related electronics and of how they can be organized in a detector system. Examples of how advanced instrumentation is used in physics measurements will also be provided.

    The course is organized with classroom lessons and exercise sessions.

    The final exam consists of a written test and an oral examination.


    Advanced electromagnetism, quantum mechanics and special relativity. Electronics laboratory. Basics of interaction of radiation with matter. Attendance of Fundamental Interaction Lab advised.


    The course will be held on the Microsoft Teams Platform. 
    • Monday 11-13
    • Thursday 11-13
    • Friday 15-16

    Start date: Thursday, February 18, 2021

    Slides and study material will be made available on google drive, accessible with UniPisa account.


    Below you find a list of emails that can be used to contact instructors:


  • Course Material

  • Instrumentation seminars

    In the final part of the course some instrumentation seminars are presented by experts in the field, with the purpose of placing the instrumentation technologies in the context of past, present and future experiments. The program is the following:

    7-May-2021Friday15:0016:00Space instrumentation (AMS, Fermi/Glast, IXPE) [Sgro’]
    10-May-2021Monday11:0012:00Large area cosmic ray experiments (Magic, CTA, Auger) [Paoletti]
    10-May-2021Monday12:0013:00Large volume rare events detectors (SuperK, HyperK, Dune, Darkside, Icecube, KM3) [Stracka]
    13-May-2021Thursday11:0012:00Instrumentation for rare decay searches (MEG, Mu2E, Mu3E) [Papa]
    13-May-2021Thursday12:0013:00Forward spectrometers (NA62, LHCB) [Morello]  (CANCELED)
    14-May-2021Friday15:0016:00High energy hadron colliders (CDF, CMS, ATLAS, FCChh) [Bedeschi]
    17-May-2021Monday11:0012:00High energy lepton colliders (LEP, ILC, CLIC, FCCee) [Azzurri]
    17-May-2021Monday12:0013:00Low energy lepton colliders (KLOE, BES III, Babar, Belle (II)) [Forti]

    Seminar will be held on the usual Microsoft Teams Platform for the Course.

    • Topics for exam

      For the final exam students have to select a  journal paper on a specific topic, on which they have to prepare a short (20 min) presentation that is the starting point of the exam. The presentation will be followed by question on the course program.

      The list of proposed papers is here

      Link to exams on Teams.