141.291 Accelerator Physics
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2024S, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to...

  • name accelerator types, their applications and relevant research centers,
  • describe essential properties of transverse and longitudinal particle motion,
  • explain the impact field errors, nonlinearities, collective effects and synchrotron radiation on the beam motion,
  • discuss different methods of beam manipulation,
  • choose appropriate computational, simulation and measurement methods for a problem,
  • to know and discuss the challenges of future particle accelerators.

Subject of course

  1. Accelerator technologies, applications and laboratories
  2. Transverse beam dynamics
  3. Longitudinal beam dynamics
  4. Chromatic effects
  5. Lattice design
  6. Field errors, nonlinear dynamics and resonances
  7. Collective effects
  8. Injection and extraction methods
  9. Electron beam dynamics and synchrotron radiation
  10. Future accelerator facilities: research topics and challenges

Teaching methods

Slides and blackboard lecture. Slides are provided.

Blocked April-June

Mode of examination


Additional information

Recommended literature:

  • A.W. Chao „Lectures on Accelerator Physics“ (ISBN: 9789811227967)
  • Video recordings of the CERN Accelerator School 2016 (https://indico.cern.ch/event/532397/timetable/)

Preliminary to a possible Austrian doctoral studentship at CERN




Course dates

Tue17:00 - 17:3012.03.2024 https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/67662327399 (LIVE)Vorbesprechung
Thu14:00 - 17:0011.04.2024 - 16.05.2024Sem 389 Vorlesung
Fri09:00 - 11:0003.05.2024Seminarraum CF 01 53 Ersatztermin für 2/5/24
Thu14:00 - 17:0006.06.2024 - 20.06.2024Sem 389 Vorlesung
Accelerator Physics - Single appointments
Tue12.03.202417:00 - 17:30 https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/67662327399Vorbesprechung
Thu11.04.202414:00 - 17:00Sem 389 Vorlesung
Thu18.04.202414:00 - 17:00Sem 389 Vorlesung
Thu25.04.202414:00 - 17:00Sem 389 Vorlesung
Thu02.05.202414:00 - 17:00Sem 389 Vorlesung
Fri03.05.202409:00 - 11:00Seminarraum CF 01 53 Ersatztermin für 2/5/24
Thu16.05.202414:00 - 17:00Sem 389 Vorlesung
Thu06.06.202414:00 - 17:00Sem 389 Vorlesung
Thu13.06.202414:00 - 17:00Sem 389 Vorlesung
Thu20.06.202414:00 - 17:00Sem 389 Vorlesung

Examination modalities

Oral exam

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
01.02.2024 00:00


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 460 Physical Energy and Measurement Engineering Mandatory elective
066 461 Technical Physics Mandatory elective
066 461 Technical Physics Mandatory elective


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

VO "Particle Accelerators" (141.944) and Electrodynamics 1 are recommended.

LU "Exercises in accelerator physics" is offered as accompanying and in-depth LVA.

Preceding courses

Accompanying courses


if required in English