U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Accelerator Physics course

Sponsoring University:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


Accelerator Physics


Georg Hoffstaetter and David Meidlinger, 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 graduate students or last year undergraduate students. Students can come from the physical sciences or engineering, 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 classical mechanics, electrodynamics, and physical or engineering mathematics, all at entrance graduate level; and the USPAS course "Fundamentals of Accelerator Physics and Technology with Simulations and Measurements Lab" or equivalent.

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that he or she meets the course prerequisites or has equivalent experience.

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

Reading Requirements
(to be provided by the USPAS)"Particle Accelerator Physics", (third edition) by Helmut Wiedemann, Springer, 2007. 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).

IU/USPAS course number P570