U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Accelerator Physics course

Sponsoring University:

University of California, Berkeley


Accelerator Physics


S.Y. Lee, Indiana University

Purpose and Audience
The purpose of this course is to introduce the students to the physics and technology of particle beam accelerators on an advanced level. This course is suitable for graduate students or students with some accelerator physics background. This course also can provide a broader background to engineers and technicians working in the field of accelerator technology.

Courses in Electromagnetism and Classical Mechanics.

This course will introduce the principles of particle accelerators and beam dynamics in mathematically rigorous terms. After completion of this course, the student is expected to be able to understand principles of particle acceleration and beam dynamics to the extent that he or she can perform independent analysis of experimental data. It is also expected that the student will be able to formulate and prepare experiments on particle accelerators.

Instructional Method
This course includes a series of 45 lectures (45 min each) during morning and afternoon sessions. In addition, there are about 10 hrs computer lab sessions in the afternoon to emphasize the implementation of theoretical concepts. The instructor and an assistant instructor will be available at all times.

Course Content
This course is an introduction to the physics, technology, design, and operation of high-energy particle accelerators. Topics include accelerator magnets, the history of and introduction to various types of particle accelerators, single particle transverse and longitudinal motion, emittance, effects of linear magnet errors, chromatic effects and their correction, effects of nonlinearities, basic beam manipulations, RF systems, diagnostic systems, and introduction to accelerator lattice design. Other topics such as synchrotron radiation excitation and damping, beam-beam interaction, collective effects and instabilities, and linear accelerators will also be discussed. Computer labs will be included in our curriculum. Future prospects of high-energy accelerators and colliders will also be discussed.

Reading Requirements
(to be provided by the USPAS) "Accelerator Physics" by S.Y. Lee, World Scientific publishers.

Credit Requirements
Students will be evaluated based on performance: midterm (30% of grade), final exam (30% of final grade), assignments (20% of final grade) and computer lab reports (20% of final grade).