U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Accelerator Fundamentals course

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Accelerator Fundamentals


Lee Teng and Yong-Chul Chae, Argonne National Laboatory

This course will cover the historical development, the functioning and the application of different types of accelerators and storage rings. Included are electrostatic accelerators, linear accelerators, betatrons, cyclotrons and synchrotrons. The principal uses of storage rings to collide particle beams and to generate synchrotron radiation will also be discussed. Specific attention will be given to the technology, the design and the workings of accelerator component systems such as the magnet system, the power supply system, the radio-frequency system, the vacuum system, the beam diagnostic system etc. The basic principles and the important features of the action of electric and magnetic fields used in accelerators to bend, focus and accelerate charged particles will be presented. A study will be made of the various factors limiting the performance - energy and intensity - of accelerators. This will be followed by a discussion of the trends and options for future advancement of accelerator science and technology. Students will complete problem sets daily. A first course in college physics is required; open to undergraduates.