U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Superconducting RF Applications course

Sponsoring University:

University of California, Berkeley


Superconducting RF Applications


Jean Delayen, Jefferson Lab

Purpose and Audience
This course is a continuation of the Superconducting RF Technologies course and focuses on particular applications of this technology to particle accelerators.

Classical Mechanics and Electromagnetism at the first-year graduate level and unless otherwise approved by the instructor, students are expected to have successfully completed the week one USPAS course "Superconducting RF Technology".

The aim of this course is to give the student a realistic view of practical implementation of superconducting rf-technology with opportunities as well as limitations. Upon completion of this course, the student is expected to be able to generate his/her own application ideas and evaluate the efficacy of this technology to solve particular problems, as well as being active participants in various srf accelerator projects.

Instructional Method
This course includes a series of about 20 lectures (45 min each) during morning sessions, supplemented by 15 hrs.of exercise and assignment sessions with instructor in the afternoon to emphasize the implementation of theoretical concepts.

Course Content
This course will provide a survey of the applications of rf superconductivity to accelerators; both ion and electron accelerators will be covered. More specifically, we will discuss heavy-ion accelerators for nuclear structure studies and for generation of isotopes, high-current proton accelerators for neutron flux generation, and various electron accelerators (storage rings, linear, recirculating, colliders, and energy-recovering). We will discuss some of the design issues that are directly related to the superconducting nature of the accelerator: physics of the superconducting state, low-temperature properties of materials, cavity design, gradient and temperature optimization, rf control, microphonics, and some aspects of beam dynamics and beam instabilities.

Reading Requirements
Unless otherwise approved by the instructor, students are expected to have successfully completed the week one course "Superconducting RF Technology" and be familiar with the book “RF Superconductivity for Accelerators” by Hasan Padamsee, Wiley Publishers . A number of reading assignments will be sent to the students approximately one month before the start of the course. It is recommended that students refamiliarize themselves, if needed, with the fundamentals of electromagnetism at the level of first half of "Classical Electrodynamics" by John David Jackson, Wiley Publishers; 3rd Edition (1998).
(To be provided by the USPAS): "Handbook of Accelerator Physics and Engineering" by A.W. Chao and M. Tigner, World Scientific Publishers (second printing) 2002.

Credit Requirements
Students will be evaluated based on performance: final exam (50 % of final grade) and assignments (50 % of final grade).