U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Advanced Accelerator Physics and Accelerator Simulations course

Sponsoring University:

Boston University


Advanced Accelerator Physics and Accelerator Simulations


Georg Hoffstaetter and Changsheng Song, Cornell University

Purpose and Audience
The purpose of this course is to introduce the students to the physics and technology of particle accelerators. This course is suitable for last year undergraduate students or students from other fields considering accelerator physics as a possible career. This course also can provide a broader background to engineers and technicians working in the field of accelerator technology.

Courses in College Physics and first year Calculus.

Accelerator Physics has applications in particle accelerators for high energy physics of for x-ray science, in spectrometers, in electron microscopes, and in lithographic devices. These instruments have become so complex that an empirical approach to properties of the particle beams is by no means sufficient and a detailed theoretical understanding is necessary. This course will introduce into theoretical aspects of charged particle beams and into the technology used for their acceleration. Students will learn the function of the most relevant accelerator components, will investigate how to measure relevant quantities of beam dynamics, and will understand the physical principle of many beam dynamical effects in particle accelerators.

Instructional Method
This course is based on lectures in the morning and in the afternoon and on daily homeworks. A final exam concludes the class. Notes of the material that will be presented will be handed out each day. Supplementary reading material is listed below.

Course Content
1. A History of Particle Accelerators; 2. E&M in Particle Accelerators; 3. Linear Beam Optics; 4. Nonlinear Beam Optics; 5. Injection and Extraction; 6. Accelerator Measurements; 7. RF systems for Particle Acceleration; 8. Luminosity

Reading Requirements
(to be provided by the USPAS) "Particle Accelerator Physics I", Helmut Wiedemann, Springer, 2nd edition, 1999. Recommended for supplementary reading but not being provided by the USPAS "The Physics of Particle Accelerators", Klaus Wille, Oxford University Press, 2000, ISBN: 19 850549 3

Credit Requirements
Students will be evaluated based on performance: final exam (40 % of final grade), homework assignments (60 % of final grade)