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Online USPAS 2022: Beam Physics with Intense Space Charge

US Particle Accelerator School
Online Summer Session, 2022, June 6 - July 1
Sponsored by Michigan State University
4 Week Course (3 units)


Prof. Steven M. Lund
Michigan State University
Physics and Astronomy Department
Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB)
510-459-4045 (mobile)
Dr. John J. Barnard
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)
925-997-7872 (mobile)
Dr. Arun Persaud
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
510-459-2529 (office)
Dr. Daniel Winklehner
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
510-479-6501 (mobile)


Dr. Kiran Sonnad
Tech-X Corporation
617-575-9486 (mobile)


Course description including purpose and audience, prerequisites, objectives, instructional method, and course contents.

USPAS Course Description (html)

Course Schedule:

The schedule will be regularly updated during the course. Please check periodically. The schedule will detail daily coverage, assignments, and where/how to find class lecture materials that will be organized and distributed by day. The schedule is distributed as a read link to a Google Sheet spreadsheet and should format correctly with most browsers.

Schedule (Google Sheet)

Notes and Materials:

Lecture notes and materials will generally be posted on this web site before class in pdf format within a folder "Lectures" on a shared Google Drive linked below. Lecture streams may also be recorded in mp4 format and saved on the Google drive after lectures. Recitations will not be recorded or posted. Time permitting, corrections and additions will also be posted on the web site after lectures. Materials are organized by lecture day as detailed on the schedule linked above. Students may find touchscreen laptop computers or tablets with active pens convenient for taking notes in class on the distributed pdf files. If desired, students can print paper copies of lecture notes for note taking with conventional paper and pen. Notes will be maintained on this web site after the course with occasional updates, corrections, and extensions until a next version of the course is given. At that time, the web site will be frozen and a link to the later version will be displayed at the top of the web page.

Lecture Notes and Materials


Problem Sets (80% Course Grade):

Nine problem sets will be assigned according to the schedule above. The problem sets will be distributed in pdf format via the linked Google Drive "Problem Sets" below. Distribution times and due dates ase detailed on the schedule. Students should turn in their solutions in pdf format (scan etc) via their individual Google Drive folders that will be conveyed by the TAs by upload link (or shared on request). Problem sets will generally be due two days after handout at the start of the first lecture session of the day. This will allow two evenings for work to be completed. Solutions will be reviewed in recitation sections and solutions will be distributed in pdf form via the students' Google Drive. Solutions will not be posted on this web site. Students are encouraged to discuss the problem sets with other students, the teaching assistants, and the lecturers, but are required to turn in their own solutions. Any resources can be used, but students should not seek any solutions from prior versions of the course.

Problem Sets

Final Exam (20% Grade):

A "take home" final exam will be assigned according to the schedule above (handed out the Thursday before the last lecture at 2 pm, and turned in on the Saturday after the last lecture at 5 pm), and will be distributed in pdf format via the linked Google Drive "Final Exam" below. Students should turn in their solutions in pdf format (scan etc) analogously to their problem sets via their individual Google Drive folders. Both course lecture notes, the student's own personal notes, and the students homework solutions can be used on the final exam. Work must be fully independent. Students are not allowed to: consult otherss use references/books outside of the course textbook, and online materials outside of those directly posted on this course web site. Only clarification questions to the lecturers and teaching assistants are permitted.

Final Exam

Slack Channel:

A Slack channel will be used to provide another method for students to communicate and interact with fellow students, TAs, and instructors. Daniel Winklehner will send a registration email message to all registered students to setup access.

Previous Versions of This Course:

USPAS 2020: Beam Physics with Intense Space-Charge
USPAS 2017: Beam Physics with Intense Space-Charge

Related USPAS Simulation Course:

USPAS 2018: Simulation of Beam and Plasma Systems