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1st Edition

Hands-On Accelerator Physics Using MATLAB®

ISBN 9780367779894
Published March 31, 2021 by CRC Press
372 Pages

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Book Description

Awarded one of BookAuthority's best new Particle Physics books in 2019!

Hands-On Accelerator Physics Using MATLAB® provides an introduction into the design and operational issues of a wide range of particle accelerators, from ion-implanters to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Many aspects from the design of beam optical systems and magnets, to the subsystems for acceleration, beam diagnostics, and vacuum are covered. Beam dynamics topics ranging from the beam-beam interaction to free-electron lasers are discussed. Theoretical concepts and the design of key components are explained with the help of  MATLAB® code. Practical topics, such as beam size measurements, magnet construction and measurements, and radio-frequency measurements are explored in student labs without requiring access to an accelerator.

This unique approach provides a look at what goes on 'under the hood' inside modern accelerators and presents readers with the tools to perform their independent investigations on the computer or in student labs. This book will be of interest to graduate students, postgraduate researchers studying accelerator physics, as well as engineers entering the field.


  • Provides insights into both synchrotron light sources and colliders

  • Discusses technical subsystems, including magnets, radio-frequency engineering, instrumentation and diagnostics, correction of imperfections, control, and cryogenics

  • Accompanied by MATLAB® code, including a 3D-modeler to visualize the accelerators, and additional appendices which are available on the CRC Press website

Table of Contents

1. Introduction and History. 2. Reference System. 3. Transverse Beam Optics. 4. Magnets. 5. Longitudinal Dynamics and Acceleration. 6. Radio-Frequency Systems. 7. Instrumentation and Diagnostics. 8. Imperfections and their Corrections. 9. Targets and Luminosity. 10. Synchrotron Radiation and Free-Electron Lasers. 11. Non-Linear Dynamics. 12. Collective Effects. 13. Accelerator Subsystems 14. Examples of Accelerators.

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Volker Ziemann obtained his PhD in accelerator physics from Dortmund University in 1990. After post-doctoral positions in Stanford at SLAC and in Geneva at CERN, where he worked on the design of the LHC, in 1995 he moved to Uppsala where he worked at the electron-cooler storage ring CELSIUS. In 2005 he moved to the physics department where he has since taught physics. He was responsible for several accelerator physics projects at CERN, DESY and XFEL. In 2014 he received the Thuréus prize from the Royal Society of Sciences in Uppsala.