U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Beam Instrumentation Laboratory at the SRC course

Sponsoring University:

University of Wisconsin - Madison


Beam Instrumentation Laboratory at the Synchrotron Radiation Center (SRC)


Ken Jacobs, Robert Legg, Mike Fisher and the SRC staff, SRC / University of Wisconsin-Madison

This course is an introduction to the experimental techniques involved in the measurement of beam and accelerator properties. It is a combination of lectures to provide the theory and background for the measurements, followed by actual execution of the measurements on an operating machine. Topics to be covered include basic accelerator parameters (tunes, beta functions, dispersion, chromaticity, coupling, etc.), error determination (closed orbit, focusing), and lattice correction schemes (model based and model independent correction). There will also be laboratory exercises in accelerator-related areas such as magnetic measurements, vacuum systems, and synchrotron radiation. This is a “hands-on” course, in which the participants will operate the accelerator to take data, similar to what is often done during accelerator studies and commissioning. Tools to be used include LOCO, MATLAB, and control system scripting with Python. Some experience with these is helpful, but not required. Enrollment is limited. Prerequisites: A basic understanding of accelerator physics.