FYS9565 – 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, material science and medical technology
  • You will master theory and techniques for numerical simulations of charged particle beams

Admission to the course

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.

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.

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


The home assignment counts 25%.

The final oral exam counts 75%.

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: FYS4565 – Physics and Applications of Accelerators and Beams

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.

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. 28, 2020 4:11:59 PM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)