U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Accelerator Fundamentals course

Sponsoring University:

Rice University


Accelerator Fundamentals (undergraduate level)


Michael Syphers, Elvin Harms, Dave Vander Meulen and Arden Warner, Fermilab

An introduction to particle accelerator fundamentals and basic beam physics. Emphasis will be on the design and operation of circular and linear 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 include basics of magnets and cavities, acceleration and synchrotron oscillations, transverse focusing and betatron oscillations, optics and lattice design, correction systems, intensity dependent effects and beam instabilities. Measurement techniques of accelerator and beam properties will also be discussed. Prerequisites: College Physics and first-year Calculus. Familiarity with personal computers is useful, but not mandatory.