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 course

Sponsoring University:

Michigan State University (ONLINE)

Course Name:

Synchrotron Radiation and Free Electron Lasers for Bright X-Rays


Ryan Lindberg, Argonne National Lab; Kwang-Je Kim, University of Chicago and Argonne National Lab; Zhirong Huang, SLAC National Accelerator 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., at the level of 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, or higher, 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 daily lectures and guided problem and simulation laboratory sessions). The problem and simulation lab sessions will be used to: assign and explain homework, 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.  Instructors and TAs will be available to provide help with regularly assigned problem sets.   

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

Michigan State University course number: PHY 963 - 704
Indiana University course number:
Physics 571, Special Topics in Accelerator Physics
MIT course number: 8.790, Accelerator Physics