Curriculum

The novel Accelerator Science and Engineering (AS&E) Traineeship 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 ASE&E 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 AS&E content and monthly "Accelerator Science Forum" talks will familiarize the students with a broad range of AS&E topics in the core areas where there are critical workforce needs. The full curriculum is outlined in the below table.

Course

 

Credit

 

Department

 Title (Faculty)

PHY
862

 

2

 

Physics & Astronomy

Accelerator Systems (Ostroumov, Pozdeyev, Hao, Marti, Rao)

PHY
863

 

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)

PHY
965

 

1-3

 

Physics & Astronomy

Special Topics in AS&E (can be taken multiple times)

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
491B/
940B

 

3

 

Mechanical Engineering

Cryogenic Process Engineering (Ganni, Knudsen)

CEM
985

 

2

 

Chemistry

Radiation Detection and Measurement (Morrissey)

CEM
985

 

2

 

Chemistry

Project Management for Scientists (Mantica)

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 AS&E 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 AS&E 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.