U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Accelerator Vacuum Engineering course

Sponsoring University:

College of William and Mary


Accelerator Vacuum Engineering


Louis Bertolini, LLNL

This course is an introduction to the engineering, design, and testing of high vacuum and ultra-high vacuum systems for accelerators. Topics include a survey of vacuum pumping schemes, design of custom vacuum pumps, vacuum diagnostics, materials, methods of vacuum chamber construction, handling, and vacuum processing. We will discuss the role of gas desorption and pump speed experiments in the design process. Vacuum system supports and alignment techniques will also be described. A variety of computational tools will be described and utilized in classroom design exercises. Prerequisites: some familiarity with Thermodynamics and Material Science.