U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Accelerator Physics

Sponsoring University:

University of California, Davis

Course Name:

Accelerator Physics
Course website http://toddsatogata.net/2017-USPAS/


Todd Satogata, Old Dominion University and Jefferson Lab

Purpose and Audience
The purpose of this course is to give a theoretical foundation to the physics and technology of particle accelerators. It is designed for students at the graduate level.

Students should have had special relativity, classical mechanics and electrodynamics at the junior level or higher. Knowledge of classical Hamiltonian dynamics is highly recommended.

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

Students should gain basic knowledge of the physics (and jargon) of particle accelerators. By completion of the course, students should should understand the physical principles of accelerators, including beam dynamics in periodic and non-periodic focusing systems, optical insertions, lattice design, and beam dynamics issues related to high-energy synchrotrons, colliders, and linacs.

Instructional Method
Classes are held on weekdays over a two week period with around 6 hours of in-class lectures and computer labs per day, except for the final Friday which ends by noon. Homework will be assigned every day to be turned in the following day.

Course Content
This course is an introduction to the basic physics of high-energy particle accelerators. Topics include accelerator magnets, instrumentation and beam measurements, single particle transverse and longitudinal motion, Liouville's theorem, emittances, effects of linear magnet errors, chromatic effects, nonlinearities, rf systems, synchrotron radiation, collective effects, beam-beam interactions, and basic diagnostic measurements. Emphasis will be on establishing a firm basic knowledge of the physics of modern high-energy accelerators. The course includes computer labs with simulations to emphasize important concepts.

Reading Requirements
(to be provided by the USPAS) "An Introduction to the Physics of Particle Accelerators" [second edition] by Mario Conte and William W. MacKay, World Scientific Pub. Co. (2008). Supplementary notes will be handed out during the course.

Credit Requirements
Students will be evaluated based on performance approximately as follows: homework assignments (40% of final grade), final exam (20% of final grade), labs (20% of final grade), class participation (20% of final grade).

UC Davis course number:
163EDN670 Special Topics
Indiana University course number: Physics 570, Introduction to Accelerator Physics
Michigan State University course number: PHY 963, U.S. Particle Accelerator School
MIT course number: 8.790, Accelerator Physics