U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Vacuum Science and Technology for Accelerator Vacuum Systems

Sponsoring University:

University of California, Davis

Course Name:

Vacuum Science and Technology for Accelerator Vacuum Systems

Many thanks to MKS Instruments, SAES Getters and UC Components for their generosity in providing demo pumps, vacuum instruments and vacuum hardware in support of this course.


Yulin Li and Xianghong Liu, Cornell University/CLASSE

Purpose and Audience
The purpose of this course is to provide the students with a systematic overview of vacuum science and technology, and applications of the vacuum science and technology to the design and operations of particle accelerator vacuum systems and equipment. This course is suitable for last year undergraduate students in experimental or applied physics or students from other fields considering accelerator engineering or physics as a possible career. This course also can provide a broader background to physicists and engineers working in the field of accelerator technology.

Students with courses in College Physics and/or experience in the vacuum engineering field are preferred, though not essential.

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

This introductory course avoids heavy mathematical treatment and will focus on the fundamental principles of the various vacuum pumping concepts available for particle accelerators. Students will be exposed to a variety of materials of construction, methods of fabrication, and preparation and handling techniques. A session on 1D and 3D-simulations of complex high- and ultrahigh-vacuum systems will be given. The course will also cover many design considerations and requirements that are unique to the accelerator vacuum systems. On completion of this course, the students are expected to understand the basic workings of all types of high-vacuum and ultra-high vacuum pumps. Furthermore, they will understand the various mechanisms of gas sources in accelerators and will be able to calculate gas loads and design vacuum systems to meet accelerator requirements.

Instructional Method
This course includes a series of 9 lectures during the morning and afternoon sessions. Problem sets will be assigned for each session to reinforce materials taught in the lectures. One instructor will be available at all times. Some demo vacuum equipment and components will be available during the evenings to give students hands-on experiences.

Course Content
Introductory material will include discussions of vacuum fundamentals, source of gases, materials of construction, and methods of fabrication. The various components that make an accelerator vacuum system such as pumps, bellows, accelerating structures, beam tubes, and instrumentation will be described. In addition, vacuum testing and calculations will be covered.

Reading Requirements
(to be provided by the USPAS) "Foundations of Vacuum Science and Technology" John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (1998) Edited by James M. Lafferty.

Credit Requirements
Students will be evaluated based on performance as follows: homework assignments (75% of final grade), class participation (25% of final grade).

UC Davis course number:
163EDN671 Advanced Topics
Indiana University course number: Physics 671, Advanced Topics in Accelerator Physics
Michigan State University course number: PHY 963, U.S. Particle Accelerator School
MIT course number: 8.790, Accelerator Physics