U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Accelerator Fundamentals course

Sponsoring University:

University of Maryland
(This session has been cancelled)


Accelerator Fundamentals (undergraduate)


Michael J. Syphers, Brookhaven National Laboratory and Linda K. Spentzouris, Fermilab

Introduction to particle accelerator fundamentals and basic beam physics. Emphasis will be on design and operational aspects of circular accelerators. Comparisons with other accelerators will be discussed. The basic underlying physics of the phenomena studied and the techniques for calculation will be stressed. Topics will be divided into three categories: (1) magnets, optics and lattice design, betatron oscillations and tune; (2) RF systems, synchrotron oscillations; and (3) other more specialized topics such as correction systems, beam transfers, space charge effects, and beam instabilities. We will also discuss measurement techniques of accelerator and beam properties. A working knowledge of introductory college physics is required. Mathematical techniques such as matrices, calculus, etc. will be introduced as needed.