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M2-PSA : Student projects

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After the 1st semester lectures focused on knowledge and before the master thesis, the 2nd semester starts with projects to strenghten scientific and technical skills. Students benefit from a rich choice of possibilities listed below .
Projects are evaluated by a panel of scientists in a similar way as the future master thesis. A short 2-page report is expected in the format of a standard scientific publication. Then students defend their projects for 15’ in front of the committee, after which 15’ of questions follow.

  • Solving a physics problem with computing (TIPP) By group of two, students receive a simplified problem related to a research topic conducted in one of the IPHC groups. The game is to solve the problem with a computer program written from scratch and inspired by the statistical data analysis lecture. The program is elaborated from scratch, based on the tools seen during the first semester : ROOT, PYTHON, possibly GEANT4.
    The project span over 3-4 weeks and students are followed by a tutor for technical help. Results are then discussed with the research group and summarized in the form of a short scientific paper followed by a defense.
  • Performing a real subatomic experiment (EX2) Thanks to the Excellence Initiative of the University of Strasbourg, various advanced experimental platforms allow students to perform real subatomic experiment on a small scale, under the supervision of a research group at IPHC. These platforms feature state-of-the-art detectors used for research. For a list, consult the EX2 site
    Within 3 to 4 weeks, each student group should elaborate and conduct their experiment, analyse the data and obtain the measurement a physical observable. In addition, a partial or complete simulation of the experiment might be implemented to allow a robust data interpretation. Results are then discussed with the research group and summarized in the form of a short scientific paper followed by a defense.
    Exam : 2-page paper and oral defense
  • QMAT Graduate School project For QMAT students, initiative proposed in the context of the Graduate School (experimental projects, new lectures, schools, ...) can be validated.
    Exam : 2-page paper and oral defense
  • European School in Instrumentation (ESIPAP) ESIPAP is a European school proposed advanced lectures on instrumentation for particle and astroparticle physics with specialists of the fields and hands-on practice at CERN.
    Student might participate to the first module of the ESIPAP school with other master students from all over Europe, instead of taking part to a project.
    Course details on the ESIPAP page.
    Exam : follows the examination rules of the ESIPAP school