USPAS Fundamentals of Accelerator Physics

June 13-24, 2016, Ft. Collins, CO
Sponsored by Colorado State University

Eric Prebys,
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory



Course catalog page can be found here.

Course personnel:

Text and Background Material

The primary text for the course is Syphers and Edwards "An Introduction to the Physics of High Energy Accelerators", which will be provided for the students. 

There are some good examples on the final exams from the "Accelerator Physics" course:


This course will use the MADX and G4Beamline programs for a couple of the homework problems. 

MADX is a standard program for accelerator modeling.  It is supported for Windows, MACOs, and most linux systems.  You can download it from the CERN site here.

G4Beamline is a scripted version of the GEANT4 simulation package, which is starndard for HEP detector simulation.  You can download the program here.  It is supported for Windows, MACOs and linux.  The first time you run the program, it will download several Gb of data the GEANT needs for simulation.

The output of G4Beamline is in ROOT files.  If you are familiar with ROOT, you make analyze them directly.  Otherwise, a GUI HistoRoot program can be found here.  Note that HistoRoot requires a specific version of ROOT, which can be downloaded at the same location.


(stay tuned for the rest...)


Guest Lectures

Special Topics


Lab handouts can be found here.

Homework and Final

Homework will be assigned each day, with the exception of:
Unless otherwise specified, homework will be due the next morning.
Final took place in class June 24:


Grades is based on:
Final results (auditors not included in statistics):

(last modified June 29, 2016 by Eric Prebys)