U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Synchrotron Radiation and Free Electron Lasers for Bright X-Rays course

Sponsoring University:

Colorado State University


Synchrotron Radiation and Free Electron Lasers for Bright X-Rays


Kwang-Je Kim University of Chicago/Argonne National Lab; Zhirong Huang, SLAC National Lab and Ryan Lindberg, Argonne National Lab

Purpose and Audience
This course is an introduction to the physics of high-brightness x-ray beams, the performance of which have been increased remarkably recently by use of insertion devices in synchrotron radiation facilities and by the development of various free electron laser (FEL) techniques for x-rays: high-gain self-amplified spontaneous emission, high-gain harmonic generation, and oscillators. Specifically, the course is designed toward students and scientists who are interested in the physics and technology for the production of x-ray photons in the form of synchrotron radiation and FELs.

Upper division undergraduate courses in classical mechanics and in electromagnetism (at the level of "Introduction to Electrodynamics" by David J. Griffiths).

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

Instructional Method
The course consists of lectures in both morning (3 hrs. per class day), and afternoon sessions (2 hrs. per class day). In addition, afternoon exercise sessions are planned to assign and explain homework and to demonstrate computer simulations.

Course Content

Reading Requirements
Instructors will provide lecture notes.

Credit Requirements
Students will be evaluated based on homework assignments (60%), and final exam (40%).

Colorado State University course number:
ENGR 697 Group Study: Synchrotron Radiation and Free Electron Lasers for Bright X-Rays
Indiana University course number:
Physics 571
Michigan State University course number: PHY 963
MIT course number: 8.790 "Accelerator Physics"