IEEE Short Courses

As part of the 2016 NAPAC, we are offering the following Short Courses, intended for graduate students, postdocs, and practicing scientists and engineers. These courses are largely tutorial in nature and their purpose is to provide a basic foundation in areas of accelerator science and technology research outside the students’ own focus areas. Three courses are offered in parallel on Sunday, October 9, 2016, at the conference hotel (the Sheraton Grand Chicago), from 8:30 AM to noon. Each course will have two 90-minute tutorial sessions with a coffee break in between, and will precede the student poster session starting at 2:00 PM (setup starts at 1:30 PM). Click below on the links for additional information on each course.


8:30 AM – 10:00 AM       First tutorial

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM     Coffee break

10:30 AM – noon             Second tutorial


$150 per short course.

Includes: Coffee break and course handouts

IEEE Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are being offered for each short course. Registration is available through the conference registration site. Course attendance will be limited to 30 students apiece.

Please be aware the start of the 2016 Chicago Marathon is from 7 to 8 AM on Sunday, October 9, in Grant Park, about 2 km south of the Sheraton Grand Chicago and that the course goes right by the hotel. Please plan accordingly.
Paul Phelps Continuing Education Grants

A limited number of Paul Phelps Continuing Education Grants will be given to participating students to cover the cost of these short courses ($150 apiece). The purpose of the Paul Phelps Continuing Education Grant is to promote continuing education and encourage membership in NPSS. Paul Phelps Continuing Education Grant is funded by the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS)


Outstanding members of NPSS who are either Student Members, Post-Doctoral Fellows or Research Associates, or unemployed members needing assistance in changing career direction.

Judging criteria:

Exceptional promise as a student, postdoc or research associate in any of the fields of NPSS, or exceptional work in those fields by currently unemployed NPSS members with an expectation that attendance to one or more of the Short Courses will result in an improved possibility of obtaining a job in an NPSS field.

To apply:

Please complete this application form (link: and scan and email to by August 15, 2016.

Course Descriptions

High-power proton beams and applications

First lecture: This tutorial will cover the fundamental accelerator physics for a 100-TeV-scale collider, which will become a major focus of high-energy physics in the US over the next couple of decades. It will introduce the students to the essential beam physics concepts and technologies relevant to large synchrotron accelerators and review the issues facing future large-scale colliders.  An approach to specifying a next-generation hadron collider at the 100 TeV scale will be discussed.

Second lecture: This tutorial focuses on high-power proton linear accelerators, the associated beam dynamics and technologies as well as some of the applications, including accelerator-driven nuclear systems.

Third-and-a-half and fourth generation light sources

First lecture: The techniques for producing bright x-rays from storage-ring based undulators and linac based free-electron lasers have advanced remarkably during the last several decades, helping to reveal the structure and dynamics of atomic and molecular aggregates with ever increasing resolution. This lecture will explain the basic concepts and principles of undulator radiation and free electron lasers and their current trends and future prospects. The topics to be covered are: similarities and differences between electron beams and radiation beams and coherence criteria; undulator radiation (UR) basics including relativity, time-squeezing effects, and partial coherence; the permanent magnet revolution of undulator construction and the third generation synchrotron radiation facilities based on high-brightness electron storage rings; UR-electron beam interaction and free electron laser gain; requirements on electron beam quality for x-ray FELs and the motivation for electron linacs with laser photo-cathodes; the cubic equation for FEL gain and low and high FEL gain regimes; self-amplified spontaneous emission (SASE) for hard x-ray generation; seeded harmonic generation for coherent soft x-rays; the x-ray FEL oscillator with an x-ray cavity formed by diamond crystals as mirrors; and remarks on future directions: higher brightness, higher power, shorter pulse, finer spectrum, higher photon energy, table-top size with laser undulator

Second lecture:  With the advent of 4th generation light sources (based on free electron lasers and energy recovery linacs), the need for high-quality electron beams became of utmost importance. The ultimate performance of such light sources relies on the characteristics of the beam from the injector. This tutorial will cover the basics for most of the relevant aspects of this important accelerator sub-system, from the requirements necessary to operate in 4th generation light sources, through the physics and dynamics of high brightness beams in the presence of space charge, and up to the description of the different injector schemes and sub-systems, including advantages and limitations of the main technologies in use.

Manipulation of electron beam phase space

First lecture: A six-dimensional (6D) phase-space is formed by the transverse and lognitudinal positions (x,y,z) and the corresponding momenta (px,py,pz) of the particles. All particles in a beam occupy a finite volume in the 6D phase space. It is often desirable to manipulate the phase-space of a beam into most suitable distribution for a particular application. For example, a transversely symmetric (round) electron beam generated by a high-brightness photo-injector can be made into a flat one with horizontal and vertical emittance ratio on the order of 100 for applications in linear colliders or certain types of accelerator-based light sources with planar radiation devices. In this tutorial, we will discuss the principles of beam phase-space manipulations which include the round-to-flat beam transformation and transverse-longitudinal emittance exchange. The experimental demonstrations of these techniques will also be presented.

Second lecture: This tutorial will cover “beams by design” - laser manipulation of electrons in modern accelerators. This lecture is an introduction into recent development of various techniques that rely on laser-based manipulation to rearrange electron distributions in 6D phase space. It will begin from basics of relativistic electron beams and lasers, their interaction in undulators, and radiation of modulated beams. This will be followed by exposition of various techniques to create micro-structures and imprint micro-correlations in relativistic electron beams. Some of the applications in advanced accelerators, synchrotron light sources and x-ray free-electron lasers (such as laser slicing in synchrotrons, generation of fully coherent radiation and attosecond pulses in FELs, etc.) will be reviewed.