Curriculum

The Accelerator Science and Engineering Traineeship (ASET) program curriculum consists of courses, practical training at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams and National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory at MSU and at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories, and thesis requirements.

PhD and master's graduate students in the ASET program will take a new orientation course (Accelerator Systems), existing core graduate courses (Accelerator Physics and Accelerator Technology), and at least two electives emphasizing at least one of the four major areas where there are critical workforce needs:

  • Physics and engineering of large accelerators
  • Superconducting radio frequency accelerator physics and engineering
  • Radio frequency power engineering
  • Large-scale cryogenic systems

Topics such as project management and radiation safety are also covered in the curriculum. Existing colloquia with regular ASET content and monthly "Accelerator Science Forum" talks will familiarize the students with a broad range of ASET topics in the core areas where there are critical workforce needs. The full curriculum is outlined in the below table.

The proposed graduate certificate in Accelerator Science & Engineering (AS&E) consists of at least three courses comprising a minimum of nine credit hours.

The core graduate course in AS&E is PHY862, and it is mandatory for the AS&E certificate. The remaining six credits can be earned from the list of available courses below. The primary targets for this certificate program are graduate students in College of Natural Sciences and College of Engineering that are performing research supported by the ASET program. However, it is open to graduate students in any discipline that are interested in learning about accelerator science. Students can apply for the certificate at any time prior to receiving their degree (either master’s degree or PhD) after taking all of the necessary courses.  

Course

 

Credit

 

Department

 Title (Faculty)

PHY
862

 

3

 

Physics & Astronomy

Accelerator Systems
(Ostroumov, Hao, Knudsen, Lidia, Machicoane, Wei, Yakovlev)

PHY
905-006

 

3

 

Physics & Astronomy

Accelerator Physics
(Lund, Hao)

PHY
864

 

3

 

Physics & Astronomy

Accelerator Technology
(Yamazaki, Saito, Lidia)

PHY
861

 

3

 

Physics & Astronomy

Introduction to Beam Physics
(Berz, Makino)

PHY
961

 

3

 

Physics & Astronomy

Nonlinear Beam Dynamics
(Berz, Makino)

PHY
962

 

3

 

Physics & Astronomy

Particle Accelerators
(Berz, Makino)

PHY
964

 

3

 

Physics & Astronomy

Seminar in Beam Physics Research
(Berz, Makino)

PHY
963

 

3

 

Physics & Astronomy

US Particle Accelerator School
(repeat credit allowed)

ECE
802

 

3

 

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Plasma Simulation
(Verboncoeur)

ECE
802-604

 

3

 

Electrical & Computer Engineering

RF Power Engineering (Baryshev, Nassiri, Tantawi)

ECE
837

 

3

 

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Computational Methods in Electromagnetics
(Balasubramaniam)

ECE
850

 

3

 

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Electrodynamics of Plasmas
(Peng, Verboncoeur)

ECE
989

 

3

 

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Advanced Applications of Plasmas
(Grotjohn)

ME
413

 

3

 

Mechanical
Engineering

Cryogenic Thermal Systems (Spring)
(Ganni, Knudsen)

ME
414

 

3

 

Mechanical
Engineering

Mechanical Design of Cryogenic Systems (Fall)
(Ganni, Knudsen)

ME
8xx

3

Mechanical
Engineering

Cryogenic Process Engineering
(Ganni, Knudsen)

Students will be trained at MSU facilities including FRIB/NSCL (centrally located on campus), the Department of Physics and AstronomyCollege of Engineering departments and the U.S. Particle Accelerator School. Additionally, students will attend at least two conferences or workshops and complete a thesis meeting their home department requirements.

Upon completion of the program, students will receive ASET certification, and will be specialized in one of four critical-workforce-needs areas.

Ready to apply or have questions? Please apply and inquire through our NSCL graduate studies page at nscl.msu.edu/grad

Support for several kinds of graduate fellowships in ASET is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC) Office of High Energy Physics, DOE-SC Office of Nuclear Physics, and the National Science Foundation.