U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Fundamentals of Accelerator Physics and Technology with Simulations and Measurements Lab course

Sponsoring University:

UC Santa Cruz


Fundamentals of Accelerator Physics and Technology with Simulations and Measurements Lab (undergraduate level)


Fernando Sannibale, Soren Prestemon and David Robin, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Purpose and Audience
This course is intended as an introduction to the field of accelerator physics and technology and is suitable for senior undergraduate students or students from other fields with a particular interest in accelerator physics. The course is also appropriate for engineers and technicians working in accelerator-related fields who wish to broaden their background.

Either previous coursework or a general understanding of classical physics and electromagnetism. Courses in special relativity (at the level of "Special Relativity" by A.P. French or "Introduction to Special Relativity" by Robert Resnick), classical mechanics (lower division level) and electrodynamics (at the level of "Introduction to Electrodynamics" by David J. Griffiths) at a junior undergraduate level or higher.

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

This course will focus on the fundamentals principles of acceleration and particle transport, and will limit rigorous mathematical derivations. A theoretical understanding of the principles, provided through daily lectures, will be coupled to a practical implementation of the concepts through laboratory exercises.

Instructional Method
This course includes a series of lectures in the morning, followed by afternoon laboratory sessions on related subject matter. Laboratory sessions will include computer simulations and experimental measurements of accelerator hardware. Students will write and submit lab reports for the lab exercises. Additional daily problem sets, to be completed outside of scheduled class time, will be assigned in the morning lecture sessions.

Course Content
The lectures will begin with the historical development of accelerators and their past and present applications. From there, the course will cover principles of acceleration, including the physics of linear accelerators, synchrotrons, and storage rings. The emphasis will be shared between hadron and lepton accelerators. The basic concepts of accelerator design will be introduced, along with discussions of machine lattice design and particle beam optics. Longitudinal and transverse beam dynamics will be explored, including synchrotron and betatron particle motion. A number of additional special topics will be reviewed, including among others, particle sources, synchrotron radiation, beam diagnostics, superconductivity in accelerators and collective effects and beam instabilities. Special emphasis will be placed on present and proposed future accelerator applications (FEL, ERL, medical accelerators, neutrino factory, muon collider, etc).

The afternoon laboratory sessions will be related to the subject matter in the lectures. Accelerator hardware and measurement instrumentation will be made available for laboratory experiments. Computer lab modules will complement the laboratory assignments.

Reading Requirements
(to be provided by the USPAS) “Particle Accelerator Physics”, (third edition) Springer-Verlag (2007) by Helmut Wiedemann. Suggested reference: Donald A. Edwards and Michael J. Syphers, "An Introduction to the Physics of High Energy Accelerators," Wiley & Sons Publishers 1993.

Credit Requirements
Students will be evaluated based on performance: homework assignments (35% of final grade) computer/lab sessions (35% of final grade), final exam (30% of final grade).