Calorimetry: Energy Measurement in Particle Physics

Hardcover | November 21, 2003

byRichard Wigmans

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Particle physics is the science that pursues the age-old quest for the innermost structure of matter and the fundamental interactions between its constituents. Modern experiments in this field rely increasingly on calorimetry, a detection techniques in which the particles of interest areabsorbed in the detector. Calorimeters are very intricate instruments, their performance characteristics depend in subtle, sometimes counter-intuitive ways on design details. This book, written by one of the world's foremost experts, is the first comprehensive text on this topic. It provides afundamental and systematic introduction, in which many intriguing calorimeter features are explained. It also describes the state of the art, both for what concerns the fundamental understanding of calorimetric particle detection and the actual detectors that have been or are being built andoperated in experiments. In the last chapter, some landmark scientific discoveries in which calorimetry has played an important role are discussed. This book summarizes and puts into perspective work described in some 600 scientific papers, listed in the bibliography.

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Particle physics is the science that pursues the age-old quest for the innermost structure of matter and the fundamental interactions between its constituents. Modern experiments in this field rely increasingly on calorimetry, a detection techniques in which the particles of interest areabsorbed in the detector. Calorimeters are very i...

R. Wigmans, Bucy Professor of Physics, Texas Tech University, USA
Format:HardcoverPublished:November 21, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198502966

ISBN - 13:9780198502968

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Introduction: Half a Century of Calorimetry2. The Physics of Shower Development3. The Energy Response of Calorimeters4. Fluctuations5. Instrumental Aspects6. Calibrating a Calorimeter System7. Performance of Calorimeter Systems8. Generic Calorimeter Studies9. Calorimeter Systems for Experiments in Particle Physics10. Natural Calorimeters11. Contributions of Calorimetry to the Advancement of ScienceA. Notation and AbbreviationsB. Properties of Materials used in CalorimetersC. Overview of Calorimeter SystemsReferencesIndex

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""The author of the book has made original and essential contributions to this field through his own research. The book reflects the deep and encylcopedic knowledge that the author has of the subject. This makes the book a rich source of information that will be useful for those designingcalorimeters and for those analysising calorimeter data, for a long time to come CERN Courier