U.S. Particle Accelerator School
U.S. Particle Accelerator School
Education in Beam Physics and Accelerator Technology

Accelerator Fundamentals course

Sponsoring University:

University of Chicago


Accelerator Fundamentals (undergraduate level)


John Galayda, Argonne National Lab

Introduction to particle accelerator fundamentals and basic beam physics. Emphasis will be placed on basic principles and their relationship to a variety of accelerators and optical systems. Practical examples will emphasize circular accelerators. Particular attention will be given to characteristics of synchrotron light sources and accelerator designs that optimize light source performance. The course will cover the basic mathematical and physical principles of betatron motion and synchrotron motion, as well as limitations on performance of accelerators in the form of limits on current or other measures such as luminosity or brightness of synchrotron radiation. An overview of accelerator systems hardware will be given, with emphasis on basic performance requirements.   Prerequisites: College physics.