Teaching, mentoring, oversea, scholarship and outreach

Summer School 2018


  • July 11, Trip from Xichang to Chengdu
  • July 12-13, Classes
  • July 14-15 (Sat. & Sun.), Excursion
  • July 16-18, Classes



Neutrino physics

  • Neutrinos in the Standard Model
    • Beta decays, Lepton number, Parity violation, helicity, etc.
  • Neutrino oscillations
    • theory
    • solar, accelarator, reactor, atmosphere neutrino experiments
    • sterile neutrinos
    • absolute mass problem and hierarchy problem
  • Neutrino masses
    • Majorana & Dirac mass terms, seesaw mechanism, Leptogenesis
    • probing neutrino masses
      • single beta decay experiments
      • cosmological observations
      • neutrinoless double beta decay
      • other approaches
  • neutrino astronomy
    • supernova neutrinos
    • ultra-high energy neutrinos
  • others
    • CEvNS, neutrino-electromagnetic interactions, etc.
    • reactor monitoring, disable nuclear weapons, etc.

Dark matter

  • Gravitational evidences
    • CMB, large-scale structure, galaxy, cluster rotation, bullet cluster, etc.
  • Direct detection
    • experimental methods and experiments survey
  • Indirect detection
    • experimental methods and experiments survey
  • theory survey

Underground laboratories

  • Laboratory survey
  • Cosmic ray, natural radiation, Rn, etc.

Ge detector technologies

basics of radiation detection

  • radioactive sources
  • interactions with matter (may include GEANT4 simulation)
  • counting statistics
  • basic spectroscopy concepts (resolution, Fano, dead time, etc.)

Semiconductor basics

  • band structure, impurity, p/n-type
  • p-n junction and detector configurations
  • creation of charge carriers by radiation
  • electric field, mobility
  • signal formation on electrodes (PSS)

detector fabrication

  • crystal purification and growth
  • surface treatment for contact making
  • geometry and types (field calculation)


  • pre-amp
    • basics of charge sensitive amplifier
    • noise
    • bandwidth
  • analog pulse shaping
    • integration & differentiation circuits
    • shaping time
    • pole zero
  • digital pulse shaping
    • ADC basics (bits, etc.)
    • filters

Cryogenic technologies

  • safety
  • vacuum technology
  • cooling methods (LN2, mechanical)

detector system

  • trigger, threshold
  • coincidence
  • energy calibration (ROOT or other analysis tools)
  • counting (ROOT or other analysis tools)


  • background counting
  • radiation imaging
  • security / non proliferation
  • identification of fake food

Organizing committee



Please register as early as possible so that we can send you an invitation letter for your VISA application.


Breakfast will be provided by hotel. We encourage you to book lunch box and dinner provided by the local organizing committee to have save, convenient and delicious food. Please indicate your food preference in our registration form so that we can prepare accordingly. You can of course to have some food adventure by yourselves. However, it would be wise to have some local guide in your adventure team.


We will be staying in one or two hotels right on SCU campus or very close.


Financial assistance

For students at USD, please check

Culture and activities

In addition to a one-day excursion, we offer you


The registration fee is $160 US dollars for students outside of China, 1,000 RMB for Chinese students. Please fill this registration form if you are outside of China.


Mentoring and Exchange

How it works

A more senior person hosts a more junior person and provides opportunity and mentoring:

Senior faculty/staff could offer projects for junior faculty/staff

  • for planning an experiment
  • drafting an MoU
  • budgeting a project
  • writing a grant application
  • develop a course

The project should help the seniors as they would delegate some work, and help the juniors as they gain experience. There could be projects where no travel is required.

Any faculty, but especially junior faculty/postdocs , could offer projects for graduate students

  • measurement campaigns
  • design of test setups
  • building of test setups
  • prepare a lecture
  • write a paper

The junior faculty gain experience in guiding people, planing and mentoring. The graduate students learn something in a new research environment. The length of the exchange should be between 3 and 9 months.

Graduate students could offer projects for under-graduate students. [the RISE model]

  • do some test measurements
  • help with building something
  • help with some programming
  • build a little something needed for the graduate work

The graduate students gain experience in guiding people, planing and mentoring. The under-graduate students learn something in a research environment. The lengths of the exchange should be between 8 and 15 weeks.

Under-graduate students [with help from above] could offer projects for high-school students. It is very good for the students to think about how to teach 15 to 18 years old.



Researchers at MPI welcome visitors at all levels, as long as they are more than 18 years old and have valid papers. The best experience is normally obtained in a one-on-one situation.

They can provide required invitation letters and directing people how to register [which is required for people working there]. Health insurance is required! It can be purchased there, if it cannot be proven to exist. Liability insurance is also required. It can be provided together with a small contract [below the taxable limit].