141.293 Exercises in 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, LU, 2.0h, 2.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 2.0
  • Type: LU Laboratory Exercise
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

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

  • ... comprehend given specifications of an accelerator,
  • ... work out a technical design for a proposed accelerator,
  • ... use relevant tools for this purpose,
  • ... present their findings coherently.

Subject of course

Lab course for an in-depth comprehension of the concepts learned in the VO Accelerator Physics:

  • The students will be given the specifications of a planned synchrotron (particle type, application, maximum energy, injection energy, etc.).
  • Based on these parameters, aspects of a possible machine design will be worked out (e.g. ring size, aperture, magnet specifications, lattice design with MAD-X, ...).

Teaching methods

Blocked April-June. Dates will be coordinated with the interested students at the preliminary discussion in March.

Working method:

  • (Alone or) in groups. Working in groups is recommended.
  • Scheduled group work sessions with support from lecturers.
  • The class on May 3 is mandatory and is used for the problem presentation, group division and demonstration of the applied computer code. 
  • On June 14, also compulsory, each group will present the final design of their particle accelerator. 
  • During the remaining classes, the lecturers are available for discussions to support the progress of the group work.

Result and post-processing:

  • Presentation of the final machine design


  • Instructions and necessary tools will be provided (e.g. MAD-X in Jupyter notebooks).
  • Optional measurements at MedAustron will be prepared and performed together.

Mode of examination

Written and oral

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
Fri11:00 - 12:0003.05.2024Seminarraum CF 01 53 Übung: Gruppeneinteilung, Problembeschreibung, Xsuite Tutorial
Fri12:00 - 14:0003.05.2024Seminarraum CF 01 53 Übung
Thu17:00 - 19:0016.05.2024Sem 389 Übung
Thu17:00 - 19:0006.06.2024Sem 389 Übung
Fri09:00 - 15:0007.06.2024 TBDÜbung
Fri12:00 - 14:0014.06.2024 TBDAbschlusspräsentation und Diskussion
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

Lab report & presentation

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
01.01.2024 00:00 31.03.2024 23:59 01.05.2024 23:59


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

  • Participation in the accompanying VO Accelerator Physics is strongly recommended.
  • Basic knowledge of Python is an advantage

Preceding courses

Accompanying courses


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