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

Synchrotron Radiation and Free Electron Lasers for Bright X-Rays


University of New Mexico

Course Name:

Synchrotron Radiation and Free Electron Lasers for Bright X-Rays


Kwang-Je Kim, University of Chicago/Argonne National Lab; Zhirong Huang, SLAC National Accelerator Lab and Ryan Lindberg, Argonne National Lab

Purpose and Audience
This graduate-level course is an introduction to the physics of high-brightness x-ray beams, the performance of which has been significantly increased   through the use of insertion devices in synchrotron radiation facilities and by the development of various free electron laser (FEL) techniques for x-rays: high-gain self-amplified spontaneous emission, high-gain harmonic generation, and oscillators. Specifically, the course is designed toward graduate students, scientists, and engineers who are interested in the physics and technology for the production of x-ray photons in the form of synchrotron radiation and FELs.

Upper division undergraduate courses in classical mechanics including special relativity (e.g., “Classical Mechanics,” by John R. Taylor) and in electromagnetism (at the level of "Introduction to Electrodynamics" by David J. Griffiths) is required. Familiarity with accelerator physics at the level of the USPAS course “Fundamentals of Accelerator Physics and Technology with Simulations and Measurements Lab” is required. 

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they meet the course prerequisites or have equivalent experience.

Instructional Method
The course consists of lectures in both morning (3 hrs. per class day), and afternoon sessions (2 hrs. per class day). In addition, afternoon exercise sessions are planned to assign and explain homework and to demonstrate some FEL dynamics using a provided 1D Matlab code, and to introduce the student to common 2D and 3D codes such as GENESIS and GINGER. 

Course Content

Reading Requirements
(To be provided by the USPAS) “Synchrotron Radiation and Free-Electron Lasers: Principles of Coherent X-Ray Generation,” by Kwang-Je Kim, Zhirong Huang, and Ryan Lindberg, Cambridge University Press (2017).

Credit Requirements
Students will be evaluated based on daily homework assignments (60%), and a comprehensive in-class final exam (40%).

University of New Mexico course number: ECE 595-005
Indiana University course number: Physics 571, Special Topics in Accelerator Physics
Michigan State University course number: PHY 963, "U.S. Particle Accelerator School"
MIT course number: 8.790, "Accelerator Physics"