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

Measurement and Control of Charged Particle Beams


Northern Illinois University

Course Name:

Measurement and Control of Charged Particle Beams
This class is limited to 20 students


Michiko Minty, Brookhaven National Laboratory; Frank Zimmermann, CERN; Jonathan Edelen, RadiaSoft LLC

Purpose and Audience
The course provides a comprehensive and systematic review of the methods used for measurement, correction, and control of charged particle beams in modern particle accelerators. By way of illustration, theoretical principles are applied in the evaluation of experimental data obtained at various accelerator laboratories including CERN, BNL, DESY, SLAC, IUCF, KEK, LBNL, and FNAL. The intended audience includes graduate students in physics and engineering as well as professional scientists, engineers, or operators working in accelerator-related fields.

Upper division undergraduate level courses in Classical Mechanics, Electrodynamics, and the USPAS graduate-level course Accelerator Physics or equivalent are required.

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

This course aims to bridge the link between experimental observations and theoretical principles in accelerator physics. Upon completion of this course, the students are expected to be able to apply the principles and methods presented to their research.

Instructional Method
This course consists of daily lectures in the morning and computer lab sessions with emphasis on the morning’s subject matter in the afternoon. Homework problems are assigned daily. An open-book final exam is given at the end of the course.  Instructors are available for assistance in evening homework sessions.

Course Content
Beam diagnostics, transverse optics measurement and correction, orbit measurement and correction, numerical optimization techniques, betatron coupling, longitudinal optics measurement and correction, longitudinal beam manipulations.  Additional special topics include: injection and extraction, beam polarization, beam feedback systems, beam cooling concepts and techniques, collective effects including wake fields, machine learning concepts and applications, the beam-beam interaction and fast beam instabilities.

Reading Requirements
(to be provided by the USPAS) M. G. Minty and F. Zimmermann, Measurement and Control of Charged Particle Beams (Springer-Verlag, 2003). Additional supplementary material to be provided by the instructors.

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

USPAS Computer Requirements
There will be no Computer Lab and all participants are required to bring their own portable computer to access online course notes and computer resources. This can be a laptop or a tablet with a sufficiently large screen and keyboard. Windows, Mac, and Linux-based systems that are wifi capable and have a standard web browser and mouse are all acceptable. You should have privileges for software installs. If you are unable to bring a computer, please contact uspas@fnal.gov ASAP to request a laptop loan. Very limited IT support and spare loaner laptops will be available during the session.

Northern Illinois University course number: PHYS 790D Special Topics in Physics - Beam Physics
Indiana University course number: Physics 571, Special Topics in Physics of Beams
Michigan State University course number: PHY 963, "U.S. Particle Accelerator School"
MIT course number: 8.790, Accelerator Physics