U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Accelerator Instrumentation and Beam Measurement Lab course

Sponsoring University:



Accelerator Instrumentation and Beam Measurement Lab


Jacob Flanz, Mass General Hospital; Gerald Jackson, Fermilab; Yves Jongen, IBA; George Coutrakon, Loma Linda University Medical Center

This course of laboratory studies and lectures is an introduction to experimental methods in accelerator physics. Accelerator instrumentation and beam measurements are studied in a hands-on laboratory environment. Techniques for transverse and longitudinal measurements from beam position and current monitors to phase space diagnostics are introduced. Impedance measurements of accelerator components are also included. This experience is applied to measurements of a variety of beam characteristics using beam generated at the Mass. General Hospital proton therapy facility. Commercial audio, RF, and microwave test equipment such as spectrum and network analyzers are used throughout the course. The student should have some familiarity with introductory accelerator physics and electrical circuits.