IEEE short courses

As part of the 2019 NAPAC student program, we are offering three Short Courses, two with scientific emphasis and one with engineering emphasis. The Short Courses are intended for graduate- and undergraduate-students, postdocs, and junior scientists and engineers. These Short Courses are largely tutorial in nature and their purpose is to provide a basic foundation in areas of accelerator science and technology research outside the enrolled students’ own focus areas. Each Short Course is linked with a forthcoming US Particle Accelerator School (USPAS) course that includes the instructor(s) in the teaching team. This will afford interested students an opportunity to significantly extend the scope of training associated the course topics.

Three courses are offered in parallel on Sunday, September 1, 2019, at the Lansing Center, from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Each course will have two 90-minute tutorial sessions with a half-hour break in between, and will precede the student poster session starting at 2:00 PM.  Linked abstracts detail course coverage. Details of corresponding USPAS classes can be found on the USPAS website. Short courses will also be archived on the USPAS tutorials webpage.

  • Short Course 1, Science: Beam Cooling 
    Instructor: Sergei Nagaitsev (FNAL)
    Linked USPAS Class: 2021 Tentative

IEEE short course schedule

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM   
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
2:00 PM  

First half
Break (Coffee provided)
Second half
Hosted lunch
Student Poster Session (separate registration)


The registration cost, which includes coffee breaks and lunch, is $50. This cost is fully reimbursable for all students who register for and attend the short courses, and complete the grant application. In addition, partial travel reimbursement (up to $150 on a first-come, first-serve basis) is available to those who qualify. To be eligible for reimbursement, students must be a member of the IEEE NPSS and complete the Paul Phelps grant application. Questions and completed grant applications should be e-mailed to Alysson Gold at by August 1, 2019. IEEE membership is $32 and information on joining IEEE NPSS can be found here: Joining is fast, straightforward, and membership offers many other benefits.


Course descriptions

Beam Cooling
Instructor: Sergei Nagaitsev (FNAL) 

This short course is designed to review the physics and technology of beam cooling.   It will review the cooling fundamentals first and then focus on high-energy hadron beam cooling and its challenges, as being presently discussed and developed for proposed EIC concepts.   Both electron and stochastic cooling techniques will be reviewed in detail. Other known beam cooling mechanisms (ionization, laser, etc) will be briefly described. The course will also review the main beam heating mechanisms and its implications on cooling requirements and parameters.

High Brightness Electron Injectors
Jared Maxson (Cornell) and Pietro Musumeci (UCLA)

This short course will review the physics of high brightness beams including electron gun technology as well as photoemission physics. In particular, we will review the progress of the last couple of decades in high brightness electron sources which enabled the development of X-ray Free-electron lasers as well as ultrafast electron scattering instrumentation. Topics to be covered include: the basics of photoemission physics;  progress in high gradient gun technology; different regimes of beam dynamics in photoinjectors; aspects of space-charge effects; and how the development of high fidelity simulation models and advanced beam diagnostics have contributed to the significant improvements in source performance.

Engineering for Superconducting RF Linear Accelerators
Vyacheslav Yakovlev (FNAL)

This short course will cover the fundamentals of SRF linear accelerator engineering and provide examples in the practical design of the main accelerator components. Topics will include: general accelerator layout and parameter optimization; operational regime dependent technology selection; general cryomodule design issues, challenges, principles, and approaches; RF optimization and design of superconducting RF cavities and components; cavity processing recipes and procedures; engineering issues and challenges of SRF cavity mechanical design and fabrication; problems and techniques for design of focusing elements for superconducting accelerator applications; diagnostics and alignment; cavity and cryomodule testing and commissioning.

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