U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Microwave Linear Accelerators course

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Microwave Linear Accelerators


David Whittum and Sami Tantawi, SLAC; Frank Zimmermann, CERN

This course will introduce the principles of microwave linear accelerators, starting from Maxwell's Equations and the Lorentz Force Law. The fundamentals of microwave electronics will be covered including waveguide modes, equivalent circuit description, admittance of an iris, coupling of a waveguide to a cavity, and periodic & quasi-periodic structures. Radiofrequency pulse compression, passive and active will be explored in detail after a brief introduction to klystrons. Beam dynamics will be introduced, including a beam-cavity interaction, beam-loading and wakefields, and beam break-up. Prerequisites: Familiarity with vector calculus and some prior exposure to Maxwell's Equations and the Lorentz Force Law.