U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Introduction to Particle-Beam Physics course

Sponsoring University:

University of California San Diego


Introduction to Particle-Beam Physics


Richard Cooper and Claudio Pellegrini, UCLA; Robert Ryne, Los Alamos National Laboratory

This course will provide an analysis of charged-particle beams in accelerators and storage rings. Topics covered: beam transport including bending and focusing, weak and strong focusing systems, acceleration, phase space description of particle motion, stability and instability of beam oscillations, and synchrotron radiation. Problem sets and numerical exercises will illustrate the material and form an important part of the course. UNIX workstations will be used by the students for solving computer-based problems. Course materials will include background material on phase-space dynamics and on electricity and magnetism. There will be tutorial lectures on Hamiltonian methods and special relativity. Junior-level physics courses in Classical Mechanics and Electromagnetism are required. Some knowledge of accelerator physics and computers are encouraged.