U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Microwave Measurement and Beam Instrumentation Lab course

Sponsoring University:

SUNY Stony Brook


Microwave Measurement and Beam Instrumentation Lab


David McGinnis and Ralph Pasquinelli, Fermilab

This is a laboratory course in microwave and radio frequency measurement techniques for accelerator components and systems. The student will learn to operate network analyzers, spectrum analyzers, and time domain reflectometers. Also, the basic principles of operation for these measurement systems will be explained and demonstrated. The student will perform a number of experiments that illustrate concepts such as S parameters, impedance, reflection, noise figure measurement, time domain reflectometry, impedance matching, power spectral density, and signal modulation. Students will also perform a number of other experiments that directly relate with RF accelerator systems such as stretched wire and bead-pull measurements. Prerequisites: Some familiarity with electrical circuits and concepts.