U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Accelerator Physics course

Sponsoring University:

Indiana University


Accelerator Physics


Joseph Bisognano, SRC, University of Wisconsin, Madison and Vahid Ranjbar, Indiana University

This graduate-level course is offered at every program. Building on the "Accelerator Fundamentals" course, this course provides an in-depth introduction into the main aspects of accelerator physics and technology. The discussion of fundamental principles and procedures is designed to provide a broad foundation for individual specialization.

Accelerator and beam physics is a broad discipline that draws on concepts from linear and nonlinear mechanics, electrodynamics, special relativity, plasma physics, statistical mechanics, and quantum mechanics. The applications of particle accelerators are equally far ranging, including particle and nuclear physics, energy production, materials and biological sciences, and medicine. This course will survey a variety of accelerator physics topics that represent areas of current research and development. Typically, an area will be first discussed abstractly and then applied to a specific facility or device. Topics will include: a review of acceleration and basic single particle beam dynamics, intrabeam scattering, incoherent and coherent synchrotron radiation, space charge, beam halo formation, impedance and wakefields, instabilities and beam breakup, beam-beam effects, phase space cooling, and electron cloud and ion effects with examples drawn from a range of current and proposed particle accelerators. Prerequisites: a solid understanding of classical mechanics and electrodynamics at the graduate level and some introductory work on accelerator fundamentals.