U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Laser Applications course

Sponsoring University:

Old Dominion University


Laser Applications to Accelerators


Yuelin Li, Argonne National Lab; Triveni Rao, Brookhaven National Lab; Shukui Zhang, Jefferson Lab

Purpose and Audience
This course is an introduction to the application of laser technology and techniques to accelerators. The course is designed for graduate students, engineers, and scientists interested in the basic concept and techniques for laser applications in accelerators.

Students must have taken Classical Mechanics, Electromagnetism, and physical optics at the junior/senior undergraduate level.  

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

The course will survey the concepts and techniques for using lasers in accelerators, including laser pulse manipulation and laser-beam interactions. At the end of the course, the students are expected understand the basic laser techniques, laser beam interactions, and use of laser for beam diagnostics and beam manipulations.

Instruction Methods
This course includes 9 lectures during morning and afternoon sessions. Homework assignment will be completed outside the scheduled class sessions.

Course Content
The course will start with an introduction to the basics of laser including generation and transport of pulsed transform limited laser beams, pulse description and laser measurement techniques, a survey of recent progress in laser R&D, and the potential impact on next generation accelerator facilities. Laser applications in accelerators will include topics such as : 1) lasers as particle beam sources and rf clock for an accelerator facility including beam shaping 2) Lasers as high energy photon sources including Thomson scattering 3) lasers for particle acceleration and improving particle beam quality - inverse FEL, optical stochastic cooling etc 4) Lasers for particle beam diagnostics: electro optical sampling techniques and its application as beam profile and synchronization diagnostics.

Reading Requirement
Instructor will provide lecture notes. Introductory and review articles will also be used and will be provided by USPAS.

Credit Requirement
Students will be evaluated based on performance as follows: home work assignments (80% of final grade), class room participation (20% of final grade).

IU/USPAS course number P671