U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Accelerator Fundamentals course

Sponsoring University:

Vanderbilt University


Accelerator Fundamentals (undergraduate level)


Michael Syphers, Brookhaven National Lab

Introduction to particle accelerator fundamentals and basic beam physics. Emphasis will be on design and operation of circular accelerators. Comparisons with other accelerators will be given. The basic underlying physics of phenomena studied and the techniques for calculation will be stressed, including the use of personal computers. Topics will be divided into three categories: (1) magnets, optics and lattice design, betatron oscillations and tune; (2) RF systems, synchrotron oscillations; (3) other more specialized topics such as correction systems, beam transfers, space charge effects, and beam instabilities. Measurement techniques of accelerator and beam properties will also be given. Prerequisites: introductory college physics and first year calculus. Familiarity with personal computers is useful, but not mandatory.