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Accelerator Physics

Accelerators are important tools in many areas of basic physics research, but also in industrial and medical applications. In this course, you learn about the function and use of accelerators in a manner where your prior knowledge from your previous physics courses is put into use.

One laboratory exercise in the accelerator physics course is performed at the ion storage ring DESIREE at Albanova.

In this course you learn about the technical components of accelerators and their physical working principles. Such components include electromagnets, radio frequency systems, vacuum equipment, ion sources and beam diagnostic tools. Charged particle beam dynamics (transversally and longitudinally) is discussed. You get an overview of circular and linear accelerators and their applications examplified by colliders, cyclotrons, synchrotron light sources, free electron lasers, ion traps and storage rings.

Specific accelerator facilities with a Swedish connection are discussed, such as MAX I-IV, ESS, XFEL, FAIR, LHC och DESIREE. A particular discussion of cancer therapy facilities such as the Skandion Clinic in Uppsala is also included.

  • Course structure

    This is a second cycle course given at half speed during daytime. This course can also be taken as a third cycle course. The course is given in English.

    Teaching format

    Lectures twice a week introduce you to the different subjects. In home assignments you connect the material you learn to an existing accelerator of your choice. At the end of the course all students give a presentation about their accelerator. In laboratory exercises you get introduced to accelerator components (one at the ion storage ring DESIREE) and in a computational exercise you learn how simulate charged particle beams.


    The examination consists of homework problems, written reports, oral presentation and oral exam.


    Henning Schmidt, tel: 08 5537 8643, e-mail:

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Klaus Wille: The Physics of Particle Accelerators

  • Contact

    Course responsible:

    Fredrik Hellberg, phone: 08 5573 8133, e-mail:


    Fredrik Hellberg

    Ansgar Simonsson, e-mail:

    Course assistant:

    O. Fałowska-Pietrzak, e-mail:

    Academic advisor at the Department of Physics:

    Student office: