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An Introduction to Beam Physics


The field of beam physics touches many areas of physics, engineering and the sciences. In general terms, beams describe ensembles of particles with initial conditions similar enough to be treated together as a group so that the motion is a weakly nonlinear perturbation of a chosen reference particle. Particle beams are used in a variety of areas, ranging from electron microscopes, particle spectrometers, medical radiation facilities, powerful light sources, astrophysics to large synchrotrons and storage rings such as the LHC at CERN.

An Introduction to Beam Physics is based on lectures given at Michigan State University's Department of Physics and Astronomy, the online VUBeam program, the U.S. Particle Accelerator School, the CERN Academic Training Programme and various other venues. It is accessible to beginning graduate and upper-division undergraduate students in physics, mathematics engineering. The book begins with a historical overview of methods for generating and accelerating beams, showcasing important developments through the eyes of their developers using their original drawings. This is followed by concepts of linear beam optics, transfer matrices, the general equations of motion, as well as the main techniques used for single- and multi-pass systems. Some advanced nonlinear topics including the computation of aberrations and a study of resonances round out the presentation.

Taylor & Francis / CRC Press, Amazon

Note: The first printing of the book contained errors in the publisher-prepared text of the front matter. The book has subsequently been re-printed, and the proper version can be identified by a yellow circle with the text "0105 2015" on the lower right of the back cover. All traceable copies of the incorrect earlier version have been recalled, and any remaining incorrect copies can be exchanged free of charge by contacting the editor following these instructions.

M. Berz, K. Makino, W. Wan, Taylor & Francis, 2014, ISBN 978-0-7503-0263-0


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