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

Fundamentals of Accelerator Physics and Technology with Simulations and Measurements Lab


Texas A&M University Public Partnership & Outreach

Course Name:

Fundamentals of Accelerator Physics and Technology with Simulations and Measurements Lab (undergraduate level)
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Eric Prebys, UC Davis; Elvin Harms, Fermilab; Kiersten Ruisard, Nick Evans, Fanglei Lin, Vasiliy Morozov, Oak Ridge National Lab; Brian Beaudoin and Amber Johnson, University of Maryland; Steve Lund, USPAS/Michigan State University

Purpose and Audience
This course is intended as an introduction to the field of accelerator physics and technology and is suitable for senior undergraduate students or students from other fields with a particular interest in accelerator physics. The course is also appropriate for engineers and technicians working in accelerator-related fields who wish to broaden their background.

Either previous coursework or a general understanding of classical mechanics and electromagnetism. Courses in special relativity (at the level of "Special Relativity" by A.P. French or "Introduction to Special Relativity" by Robert Resnick), classical mechanics and electrodynamics (at the level of "Introduction to Electrodynamics" by David J. Griffiths) at a junior undergraduate level or higher.

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they meet the course prerequisites or have equivalent experience. Students may self-evaluate using these questions.

This course will focus on the fundamental principles of acceleration and transport of charged particle beams. A theoretical understanding of the principals, provided through daily lectures, will be coupled to a practical implementation of the concepts through laboratory exercises.

Instructional Method
This course includes a series of lectures combined with laboratory sessions on related subject matter. Laboratory sessions will include computer simulations and experimental measurements employing accelerator hardware. Students will work in groups and write and submit lab reports for the majority of the lab exercises. Additional problem sets, to be completed outside of scheduled class time, will be assigned in the morning lecture sessions. Problem sets will be graded in a timely fashion, and feedback will be provided by the instructors.

Course Content
The lectures will begin with a review of the historical development of accelerators and their past and present applications. Following a brief review of special relativity, the bulk of the course will focus on acceleration methods and phase stability, basic concepts of magnet design, and transverse linear particle motion.  An introduction to resonances, linear coupling, space charge, magnet errors, and synchrotron radiation will also be given.  The afternoon laboratory sessions will provide hands on experience with hardware and instrumentation for beam diagnostic measurements. Complimentary computer lab modules will be used as aides for lattice design exercises and beam optics studies.

Computer requirements
Students are asked to bring a laptop or tablet and will be given access to cloud computing accounts with which to perform simulation/modeling exercises and complete homework assignments. If you are unable to bring a computer, please contact the USPAS about the possibility of a loaner.

Reading Requirements
(to be provided by the USPAS) "An Introduction to the Physics of High Energy Accelerators," Wiley Publishers (1993) by D.A. Edwards and M.J. Syphers. Additional handouts with supplementary material will be provided by the course instructors.

Credit Requirements
Students will be evaluated based on performance: homework assignments (35% of final grade) computer/lab sessions (35% of final grade), and an in-class final exam (30% of final grade).

Indiana University course number: Physics 470, "Accelerator Fundamentals" (undergraduate credit)
MIT course number: 8.277, "Introduction to Particle Accelerators"