FYS4565 – Physics and Applications of Accelerators and Beams

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

The course gives an introduction to particle accelerator technology, with basis in physical principles and mathematical modelling of the interaction of charged particle beams with electromagnetic fields. The course covers basic microwavetechnology and beam optics, as well as more advanced topics as plasma wakefield acceleration. The applications of particle accelerators to high-energy physics (circular and linear colliders), material science (synchrotron light sources and neutron spallation sources) as well as medical technology (particle therapy) will also be covered.

Learning outcome

After this course:

  • You will understand how different particle accelerators are designed (linear accelertors, cyclotrons and synchrotrons), as well as the possibilities and limitations of the different accelerator types
  • You will master simple calculations and methods for numerical simulations describing how a particle beam is accelerated, focused and measured
  • You will have knowledge of machines for high-energy physics, including studies for future linear and circular colliders
  • You will have knowledge about the accelerator science research frontier, including laser- and plasma wakefield acceleration
  • You will have knowledge about the most important applications of particle accelerators to particle physics, materials science and medical technology

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

Overlapping courses


2 hours lecture per week, a total ca. 30 hours.

2 hours of theory and numerical simulation exercises per week, a total of ca. 30 hours.


The final oral exam counts 100%.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: FYS9565 – Physics and Applications of Accelerators and Beams

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed exam at the beginning of the next semester.

New examinations are offered at the beginning of the next semester for students who do not successfully complete the exam during the previous semester.

We do not offer a re-scheduled exam for students who withdraw during the exam.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 23, 2020 10:11:40 AM

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Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)