U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Accelerator Fundamentals course

Sponsoring University:

University of California, Berkeley


Accelerator Fundamentals


Richard Cooper, UCLA and Los Alamos National Laboratory

This course will describe the functioning of the many kinds of accelerators in use today. Included will be electrostatic accelerators, rf linear accelerators, cyclotrons, betatrons, and synchrotrons. Synchrotron light sources will be reviewed, and accelerators for medical diagnosis and therapy, as well as for environment and defense applications, will be included. The role of electric and magnetic fields in accelerating, bending, and focusing ion and electron beams will be presented. The need for, and characterization of, radio-frequency systems, beam-position monitoring systems, and vacuum systems will also be covered. The large variety of commonly encountered accelerator systems will be reviewed and discussed. Computers for accelerator applications will be described and used throughout the course. Students will complete problem sets daily. A first course in college physics is required.