U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Beam Diagnostics Using Synchrotron Radiation: Theory and Practice course

Sponsoring University:

UC Santa Cruz


Beam Diagnostics Using Synchrotron Radiation: Theory and Practice
This class is limited to 20 students


Jeff Corbett, Alan Fisher and Walter Mok, SLAC and Weixing Cheng, Brookhaven National Lab

Purpose and Audience
This course provides an introduction to the theory and properties of synchrotron radiation and its application to measurements of charged-particle beams. The course is designed for students and research scientists interested in the physics and technology of beam diagnostics with visible and x-ray radiation.

Undergraduate (upper division) course in electromagnetic theory.

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that he or she meets the course prerequisites or has equivalent experience.

The course objectives include providing students with a working knowledge of the theory and properties of synchrotron radiation including a discussion of instrumentation needed to measure the beam parameters. The laboratory section provides hands-on experience with typical imaging systems in use today.

Instructional Method
The course consists of lectures in the morning (3 hrs. per class day), and an afternoon lecture session (1 hr. per class day) followed by hands-on laboratory work and exercises using pre-coded graphical computer simulations.

Course Content
Beam diagnostics using synchrotron radiation begins with a review of synchrotron radiation properties leading to a derivation of the angular and spectral distribution of the emitted light. Imaging properties, diffraction effects and transverse coherence are derived and studied in the laboratory using a variety of camera configurations and an interferometer. Longitudinal coherence is then introduced in the context of statistical fluctuation theory and demonstrated in a pulse-length measurement laboratory. The study of time-dependent effects includes hands-on use of an image intensified, fast-gated camera and a computer laboratory demonstrating streak camera operation.

(to be provided by the USPAS) "The Physics of Synchrotron Radiation", by Albert Hofmann, Cambridge University Press (2004).

Credit Requirements
Students will be evaluated based on homework assignments (50%) and laboratory notebooks (50%).

IU/USPAS course number P671