Master’s studies

Syllabus for Accelerator Physics and Technology

Acceleratorfysik och -teknik


  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1FA330
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5
  • Established: 2007-11-06
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2015-04-20
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2015
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits with 30 credits in physics including Electromagnetic Field Theory, Mechanics III, Wave Mechanics and Mathematical Methods of Physics.
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

The course is intended for students planning to do research within the field of charged particle accelerators or who use accelerators in their field of research such as High-energy and nuclear physics or synchrotron radiation based physics. After the completed course the student will be able to

  • design simple beam transport systems for charged particles
  • explain the operation of the most common technical components and diagnostic methods
  • solve simple control and correction problems pertaining to accelerators
  • explain limitations of different types of accelerators
  • design simple accelerator vacuum systems.


- Overview over different types of accelerators: Circular and linear, collider,
cooler rings, synchrotron light-sources, medical accelerators, cyclotrons.
- Transverse and longitudinal beam dynamics: matrix methods, emittance, beta functions,
dispersion phase-stability.
- Limitations due to space charge and instabilities.
- Technical components such as magnets, radio-frequency systems, vacuum, particle
sources and diagnostic for current, position and beam size.


Lectures, lessons and field visits.


Hand-in exercises and seminar

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 30, 2015

  • Kompendium

    Institutionen för fysik och astronomi,