Electrical and Information Technology

Faculty of Engineering LTH | Lund University

Basic courses in one- and several variable calculus and in linear algebra. Basic course in physics and mechanics. Basic course with some electromagnetic theory.


The students carry out a mandatory project and presents this orally and in writing. The course is examined electronically using Moodle.


The aim of the course is to give students an insight into the accelerator technology and to inform them about the opportunities they have to operate within the area. The accelerators at MAX IV and ESS will be of special interest.


After the course the students should:

Be able to describe the physics and technology of linear accelerators, synchrotrons, storage rings and generation of synchrotron radiation.
Understand the differences between different types of accelerators.
Have knowledge about some of the simulation tools used in accelerator technology and with these determine the electromagnetic fields in cavities and trajectories for relativistic particles.
Have a good understanding of the use of accelerators in varoius fields such as biomedicine, material science and particle physics.

Be able to determine the trajectories of relativistic particles and some beam parameters like emittance using numerical simulation tools. Be able to do simple analysis to determine the energies and trajectories of charged particles moving in electromagnetic fields. Be able to make simple estimates of the magnetic field strengths of dipole and quadrupole magnets.

Be able to relate the cost to the utility of various accelerators. This is especially important for accelerators used in medical treatments, eg, proton therapy.


Introduction to basic accelerator physics including classical mechanics, electrodynamics and special relativity; Description of linear accelerators, synchrotrons, storage rings for generating electromagnetic radiation, and Spallation sources and colliders; Overview of microwave systems, resistive and superconducting magnets, normal conducting and superconducting RF cavities, cryogenic equipment, vacuum systems, power supplies, beam diagnostics; Particle Beam Physics: Longitudinal and transverse beam dynamics, synchrotron radiation, nonlinear radiation physics, the magnetic system of storage rings, calculation methods for radiation physics; Use of accelerator technology in nuclear and particle physics, materials science, medicine and biology; Overview of new accelerator technologies based on powerful lasers in plasma.