U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Computational Methods in Accelerator and Beam Physics course

Sponsoring University:

Vanderbilt University


Computational Methods in Accelerator and Beam Physics


Robert Ryne, Los Alamos National Lab

This course will cover numerical computations related to the design and analysis of particle accelerators, accelerator components, and the dynamics of intense charged particle beams. Lectures will cover a variety of topics from the fields of beam dynamics, electromagnetics, and numerical methods, including: Hamilton's equations, numerical integration techniques, linear and nonlinear magnetic optics, space charge effects, rf structures, wakefield effects, and numerical solution of Maxwell's equations in the time domain and frequency domain. The course will be divided equally between lectures and hands-on computer exercises. Prerequisites: some familiarity with accelerator physics and experience using PCs or workstations to solve scientific problems.