U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Accelerator Vacuum Laboratory course

Sponsoring University:

University of California, Berkeley


Accelerator Vacuum Laboratory


Gerald Jackson, Fermilab; William Turner, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and Mauro Audi, Varian

The design, construction, and maintenance of high and ultra-high accelerator vacuum systems are introduced in both a classroom and hands-on laboratory format. Starting with basic vacuum theory and an introduction to vacuum hardware, the class covers such topics as cryopumping, hydrogen outgassing, photodesorption, cathode emissions and vacuum poisoning, and vacuum instrumentation. In the laboratory students have the opportunity to apply this knowledge to actual vacuum components and systems. Students will learn how to assemble, leak check, bake, and pump down a vacuum system. Pumping technologies are also covered.