U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Accelerator Vacuum Physics and Technology course

Sponsoring University:

The University of Texas at Austin


Accelerator Vacuum Physics and Technology


Gerald Jackson, Fermilab and William Turner, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The design, construction, and maintenance of high and ultra-high accelerator vacuum systems are introduced in both a classroom and hands-on laboratory format. Starting with basic vacuum theory and an introduction to vacuum hardware, the class covers such topics as cryopumping, hydrogen outgassing, photodesorption, cathode emissions and vacuum poisoning, and vacuum instrumentation. In the laboratory students have the opportunity to apply this knowledge to actual vacuum components and systems. Students will learn how to assemble, leak check, bake, and pump down a vacuum system. Pumping technologies are also covered.