U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Microwave Measurement Laboratory and RF Systems for Accelerators course

Sponsoring University:

Stanford University


Microwave Measurement Laboratory and RF Systems for Accelerators


John Byrd and John Corlett, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and Michiko Minty, SLAC

This is an experimental course in microwave and radiofrequency techniques applicable to accelerator components and systems. In the microwave measurements laboratory, students will operate instruments such as network analyzers, time-domain reflectometers, and spectrum analyzers. These will be applied to the measurement of cavity modes, electrode response functions, beam impedance, etc. Accompanying lectures will provide background material in data analysis, terminology, instrument function, and beam interactions. The beam response to interactions with the rf accelerator system, including beam loading, will be developed and some beam experiments will be studied conceptually. Prerequisites: some familiarity with introductory accelerator physics and electrical circuits.