U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Special Topics in Accelerator Physics course

Sponsoring University:

Old Dominion University


Special Topics in Accelerator Physics


Xiaobiao Huang, SLAC National Accelerator Lab; Yue Hao and Yichao Jing, Brookhaven National Lab; King Y. Ng, (Ret.) and S.Y. Lee, Indiana University

Purpose and Audience
Accelerator physics is a rich branch of physics covering a wide range of exciting topics. A selection of these topics will be covered in this course. A good knowledge of basic accelerator physics at the level of the USPAS "Accelerator Physics" course is assumed. Although advanced in nature, each topic is introduced and developed based on first principles.

Classical mechanics, electrodynamics, and physical or engineering mathematics, all at entrance graduate level; and the USPAS graduate-level course "Accelerator Physics" or equivalent.

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

Although they are not expected to become experts, on completion of this course, the students are expected to develop a grasp on approximately half a dozen advanced accelerator physics topics.

Instructional Method
This course includes a series of lectures and exercise sessions. Homework problems will be suggested daily and answers provided in the exercise sessions. There will be an open-book, “take-home” final exam at the conclusion of the course.

Course Content
Topics include Nonlinear beam dynamics, symplectic maps, Lie algebra, Truncated power series algebra, space charge dynamics; Collective beam instabilities, Panofsky-Wenzel theorem of wake fields, Vlasov and Fokker-Planck equations; Beam-Laser interaction, and advanced beam data analysis methods; etc.

Reading Requirements
(to be provided by the USPAS) "Physics of Intensity Dependent Beam Instabilities" by K.Y. Ng, World Scientific Pub. Co. (2005).

Credit Requirements
Students will be evaluated based on their performance on the final exam.

IU/USPAS course: Physics 571