U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Accelerator Fundamentals course

Sponsoring University:

Indiana University
held in Tucson, Arizona


Accelerator Fundamentals (undergraduate level)


Lee Teng, Argonne National Lab

This is an introductory course on the workings of particle accelerators and storage rings. The course will begin with a discussion and illustration of the rationale, the history and the development of particle accelerators spanning the entirety of the 20th century. This will be followed by a systematic description of the basic principles and operating features of accelerators of all types, including electrostatic accelerators, induction accelerators (betatron & induction linacs), rf linacs, cyclotrons, synchrotrons, storage rings for colliding beams & for synchrotron radiation, etc. The subjects covered will include particle and beam physics and engineering of major hardware components such as magnets and rf cavities. The necessary electrodynamics and relativistic mechanics will be briefly reviewed. Only elementary mathematics, including some minimal calculus, is needed. Prerequisites: college physics and first-year mathematics