U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Accelerator Physics course

Sponsoring University:

Rutgers University


Accelerator Physics


Alexander W. Chao and Xiaozhe Shen, SLAC National Accelerator Lab

Purpose and Audience
This course will instruct students in the physics of modern particle accelerators. It is designed for graduate students pursuing accelerator physics as a career or graduate engineers who want to learn in more detail about the basic physics of accelerators.

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

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

On completion of this course, the students are expected to understand the basic physical principles that make accelerators function, together with the design principles of various engineering components of accelerators such as magnets, beam position monitors, and radiofrequency cavities. They will be able to quantitatively analyze the dynamics of the beam, thereby to conceptually design accelerators to provide particle beams of desired characteristics.

Instructional Method
This course includes a series of lectures and exercise sessions. Homework problems will be assigned daily which will be graded and answers provided in the exercise session in the following day. There will be an open-book final exam at the conclusion of the course.

Course Content
The emphasis is to introduce the physical principles of modern accelerators and their main engineering components. Linear accelerators and storage rings are used to illustrate these principles as examples. Beam physics topics in these accelerators include particle motion dynamics, beam confinement and guidance, beam acceleration, synchrotron radiation and its effects on the beam. Physics of accelerator components such as magnets, and radiofrequency cavities are also discussed.

Reading Requirements
To be provided by the USPAS "Handbook of Accelerator Physics and Engineering", by Alexander W. Chao and Maury Tigner (Second Edition), World Scientific Pub. (2013)

Credit Requirements:
Students will be evaluated based on the following performances: Final exam (50%), Homework assignments and class participation (50%).

Rutgers University course number 01:750:640 Accelerator Physics

IU/USPAS course number: P570