U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Plasma Physics in Beams course

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Plasma Physics in Beams


Patrick Colestock, Los Alamos National Lab and Linda Spentzouris, Fermilab

The purpose of this course is to apply concepts of collective phenomena developed in the field of plasma physics to the field of accelerators, in both rings and linacs. It is intended for the accelerator physicist who wishes to become familiar with the basic concepts of plasmas, and explore the rich commonality of these two fields. Emphasis will be placed on experimental results preceded by an introduction to plasma physics concepts and terminology. Both linear and nonlinear topics will be covered. Topics include intense beam equilibria, two-stream instabilities, halo production, three-wave coupling, echoes, beam solitons, and turbulence. Applications will be treated in rings, linacs, ion sources and plasma accelerators. Prerequisites: Intermediate Classical Mechanics and Accelerator Physics. No prior familiarity with plasma physics will be required.