FYS9565 – Physics and Applications of Accelerators and Beams

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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, material science and medical technology
  • You will master theory and techniques for numerical simulations of charged particle beams


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.


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.

A mandatory home assignment. The assignment report is part of the total grade.


The home assignment counts 25%.

The final oral exam counts 75%.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every spring


Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)