U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Fundamentals of Beam Experiments course

Sponsoring University:

University of California San Diego


Fundamentals of Beam Experiments


John T. Seeman and Alan Fisher, SLAC

Experimental and analytical techniques are developed which are used in observing beam dynamics in linear and circular high energy accelerators. Basic mathematics is developed for designing and analyzing beam measurements. General techniques for experimentation are covered. Some of the examples studied are: 1) beam position measurements emphasizing their use in trajectory correction, tune measurements, lattice and component error determination, 2) beam size measurements including profile monitors using synchrotron radiation, fluorescent screens, and wire scanners, and 3) beam dynamics measurements of impedances, collective effects, and beam-beam. This course is aimed at students early in graduate school or laboratory staff who help in the performance of experiments.