U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Accelerator Fundamentals course

Sponsoring University:

Indiana University


Accelerator Fundamentals (undergraduate level)


Michael Syphers, Elvin Harms and Dave Vander Meulen, FNAL

This course is an entry-level overview of accelerator physics and is designed for novices to the field of accelerator physics and technology. Basic principles as well as accelerator and main component functioning will be discussed and terminology and fundamental concepts of beam dynamics will be introduced with minimal mathematical formalism. This course or equivalent training is required for all other courses offered at the USPAS and is scheduled for every program. This course is designed as an undergraduate-level course.

An introduction to particle accelerator fundamentals and basic beam physics. Emphasis will be on the design and operation of circular and linear accelerators. The basic underlying physics of phenomena 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, and intensity dependent effects. 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. Textbook to be provided: "An Introduction to the Physics of High Energy Accelerators" (1993 Wiley) by D.A. Edwards and M.J. Syphers.