Students are first exposed to general view of the theoretical and experimental methods in the field, after which the student will specialize in the high-energy experimental particle physics. Instruction is also given for the nuclear physics. In the more experimentally oriented education the student is studying accelerator and detection techniques, what are the computational methods, how the experimental results are analyzed, as well as comparisons of experimental and theoretic knowledge. Students will be prepared for the mathematical modeling and physical inference based on simulations. This is essential not only in applications for particle physics experiments, but also for computational particle physics and for particle cosmology. Many courses in experimental particle physics are thus useful also in medical physics, electronics and industrial applications, material science and nanophysics specializations. Studies in particle physics will help the student to develop to an international expert and to function in an international research environment. YerPhI has the leading role in Armenia in the research of particle physics. YerPhI is responsible for the studies of high-energy experimental particle physics and astrophysics nationally. YerPhIstrongly participates in the globally leading particle physics experiments in CERN, DESY and in Jlab (Virginia, USA) and in the high energy astrophysics experiments – MAGIC, HESS and ACT. This gives the students a good possibility to the international mobility already early on in the studies.

Goals

The primary goals of the Master's program are to impart expertise in current research topics on the basis of a deep knowledge of the fundamentals of the experimental physics. Research methods, strategic planning, data analysis and modeling, critical evaluation of scientific findings, acting autonomously as well as career-relevant qualifications is central. During the two-year course of study, the ability to proceed methodically in high-energy physics and astrophysics is developed. Building on the knowledge gained during the first two semesters, these abilities will be strengthened during the one-year-long research phase of the third and fourth semesters.

Degree structure and credit points

In total, students in the Master's program need to achieve 120 credit points, distributed in the following manner:

First and second semesters:

ü  Introduction to Theoretical Particle Physics

ü  Experimental Methods and Instruments of Astroparticle Physics

ü  Experimental Atomic and Nuclear Physics

ü  Statistical Methods and Analysis Techniques in Experimental Physics

ü  Introduction to Particle detectors and Data Acquisition systems (DAQ)

            üIntroduction to X-ray fluorescence analysis

Application of Physics to Medicine

v  Physics Seminar

v  Lab. Works

v  Third and fourth semesters:

v  Special courses

v  Practical phase

v  Master's thesis

Professional Qualification

Graduates of the Master of Science degree program have attained a degree of knowledge in Physics at the highest international level. Because of the broad range of the program they will be able to apply their training to other areas and research topics in their subsequent careers. The Master's degree enables graduates to work independently as physicists in research and university teaching, as well as in manufacturing and service industries. Their future jobs will be concentrated in fundamental physical research, applied research and development (e.g. natural-science, technology, IT and medicine).

Master's Examination and Academic Degree

The Master's degree is the professional qualification attained by examination after scientific training has been completed. In addition, the Master's degree enables the graduates to enter aPh.D. degree programin the field of High-energy Particle Physics and Astrophysics. YerPhIawards the graduates the academic degree of „Master of Science“ (M.Sc.).

Entry Requirements

You will find details on the application and assessment procedures atApplication for Admission to a Master of Science Degree Program.

Courses:

Introduction to Theoretical Particle Physics

The course provides an introduction to the Standard Model of particle physics. After a brief introduction, we will cover relativistic kinematics, symmetries and conservation laws, and the use of Feynman diagrams and Feynman rules in the description of fundamental processes. These tools will be used to perform basic calculations of particle decay rates and scattering cross-sections. The course will progress from quantum electrodynamics, the theory of electromagnetic interactions, to investigations of the strong and weak interactions. Special attention will be made on theory of interaction of particles with matter for preparing students for course on the principles of operation of particle detectors.

Experimental Methods and Instruments of Astroparticle Physics

The course is designed to introduce the experimental techniques of High-energy Particle Physics and Astrophysics. We will review special relativity and particle physics to remind or introduce basic concepts that will be used throughout the course. We will present the characteristics of energy losses of radiation with matter that are important for their detection. Detector techniques will be described with the basic aim of identifying which are the instruments that allow identifying elementary particle and measuring its energy. Examples of existing experiments will be provided for experiments in cosmic rays, gamma and neutrino astronomy, cosmology and dark matter. The course will include practical applications involving the use of numerical methods and simulations. Reading material (mostly links to WEB sites) will be provided throughout the course.

Statistical Methods and Analysis Techniques in Experimental Physics

The course content covers experimental errors and their correct interpretation, frequentist& Bayesian interpretation of probability, the most common distributions and their applications, basic principles of Monte Carlo methods, the concepts of a hypothesis and a test statistic.

After the course, the student should know the principles behind and the main phenomenon and limitations of modern particle accelerators and particle physics experiments as well as be familiar with the state of the art in accelerators and particle detectors. Suitable for students specializing in experimental particle physics and other accelerator based physics.

Experimental Atomic and Nuclear Physics

How information on nuclei is obtained, mass, size. It also gives the basics of nuclear models: liquid drop model, shell model, collective model. Basics of reactions: compound nucleus and direct reactions, resonances. Two-nucleon system and nuclear interaction, deuteron.

Application of Physics to Medicine

Medical Physics is a newly established research area, which is offered as topical specialization within the Master of Science program. Interested students can concentrate their elective lectures and seminars on a curriculum in image guided diagnostic methods and modern radiation therapy. Together with the accomplishment of a Master thesis work in this field, it is possible to get work experience at Nuclear medicine center located on premises of YerPhI.

Introduction to X-ray fluorescence analysis

X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysis is one of the most effective techniques for non-destructive elemental analysis of inorganic materials. XRF analysis is based on detection of characteristic X-ray emission generated in the sample under study by an external X-ray source: X-Ray tube or isotope source.

Two introductory lectures on the theory and practice of XRF spectroscopy will be offered to the course participants. Several laboratory works will follow the lectures on qualitative and quantitative elemental analysis of inorganic materials by using a modern  XRF spectrometer from Thermo Electron Corporation (USA).

Introduction to Particle detectors Data Acquisition systems (DAQ)

A basic knowledge of electronics and semiconductor principles is assumed.  Math and theory is kept to a minimum focusing instead on practical application. In this course the student will build a data acquisition system that measures analog signal from photomultiplier attached to scintillator or NaI crystal. Both count rate and signal enumeration tasks will be modeled and fulfilled with DAQ boards. 

During the course as well an introduction and practice work with power supplies,microprocessors, microcontrollers and programmable logic
Interfacing to digital circuits will be made. As a final test a practical work to tune DAQ electronics for the electron and gamma ray cosmic ray flux measurements will be offered and explained. 

Linux courses.

A special interactive course to teach students most popular in high-energy physics experiments community operation system. Students will get programming skills in organising data acquisition with on-line computers, networking and many others.
Lecture will be held in CISCO academy of Yerevan physics institute by Sargis Mkoyan.