U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Ion Sources course

Sponsoring University:

Vanderbilt University


Ion Sources


Ian Brown, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and Xavier Godechot, Sodern

Ion source technology has witnessed advances in many directions in recent years, and the width and diversity of ion beam parameters that can be produced is impressive. Our understanding of ion sources and our approach to source design have grown and assumed a reasonably sound physical underpinning. The body of knowledge constituting the physics and technology of ion sources has matured into an effective research field with a world-wide research community drawn from a variety of different scientific arenas. This course will address the physics and technology of ion beam formation by plasma-based ion sources. Course components will include: a review of relevant plasma physics; ionization phenomena; plasma formation techniques; ion beam extraction; low energy beam transport; ion source and beam parameters; diagnostics; typical electrical systems; mechanical design considerations; survey of kinds of ion sources, with a detailed review of some; and applications including accelerator injection. The class format will be interactive, with discussion encouraged on topics of particular interest to the participants. An introductory-level understanding of plasma physics is desirable. Prerequisites: college physics, electromagnetism, introductory plasma physics.