School of Science

Acceleration and transport of charged particles

This course is part of the programme:
Physics and atrophysics II. level

Objectives and competences

Students will learn the basics of particle accelerators design and operation, including the underlying physical conepts and their possible applications. They will also learn basic mechanisms of particle acceleration in astrophysical sources.

Content (Syllabus outline)

1. Introduction and historical overview

  • Linear accelerators

  • Circular accelerators

    2. Motion of charged particles in EM field

  • Linearized equations of motion

  • Beam focusing systems

  • Acceleration systems

  • Synchrotron radiation

  • Beam parameters and its lifetime

  • Collective effects

    3. Acceleration of charged particles in astrophysical sources

  • Intended learning outcomes

    Students will learn:

  • understanding of the basics of particle accelerator design and operation, including light sources;

  • introduction to possible application of particle accelerators in basic science, aplicative science and medicine.

  • Readings

    1. H. Wiedemann, Particle Accelerator Physics, Springer (2007).

    2. K. Wille, The physics of particle accelerators: An Introduction, Oxford University Press (2001).

    3. H. Wiedemann, Particle Accelerator Physics II, Springer (1995).

    4. M. S. Longair, High Energy Astrophysics, Cambridge University Press, 3 edition (2011).


    Written report, oral presentation

    Lecturer's references

    Samo Stanič is full professor of physics at the University of Nova Gorica.

    1. Belle Collaboration, LIN, S.-W., BITENC, Urban, BRAČKO, Marko, FRATINA, Saša, GOLOB, Boštjan, KORPAR, Samo, KRIŽAN, Peter, PESTOTNIK, Rok, STANIČ, Samo, STARIČ, Marko, ZUPANC, Anže, et al. Difference in direct charge-parity violation between charged and neutral B meson decays. Nature, ISSN 0028-0836. [Print ed.], 2008, vol. 452, str. 332-335. [COBISS.SI-ID 21553703]

    2. Belle Collaboration, ABE, R., STANIČ, Samo, ŽONTAR, Dejan, et al. Observation of large CP violation in the neutral B meson system. Physical review letters, ISSN 0031-9007. [Print ed.], 2001, vol. 87, str. 091802-1-091802-7. [COBISS.SI-ID 16648231]

    3. STANIČ, Samo, ŽONTAR, Dejan, et al. Radiation monitoring in Mrad range using radiation-sensing field-effect transistors. Nuclear instruments and methods in physics research. Section A, Accelerators, spectrometers, detectors and associated equipment, ISSN 0168-9002. [Print ed.], 2005, vol. 545, str. 252-260. [COBISS.SI-ID 19097895]

    4. AUGER Collaboration, ABREU, P., CREUSOT, Alexandre, FILIPČIČ, Andrej, PAUL, Thomas, STANIČ, Samo, VEBERIČ, Darko, ZAVRTANIK, Danilo, ZAVRTANIK, Marko, et al. Measurement of the proton-air cross section at [sqare root] s = 57 TeV with the Pierre Auger Observatory. Physical review letters, ISSN 0031-9007. [Print ed.], 2012, vol. 109, no. 6, str. 062002-1-062002-9, doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.109.062002. [COBISS.SI-ID 2468347]

    5. GAO, Fei, STANIČ, Samo, BERGANT, Klemen, BOLTE, Tanja, COREN, Franco, HE, Tingyao, HRABAR, Andrej, JERMAN, Jure, MLADENOVIČ, Ana, TURŠIČ, Janja, VEBERIČ, Darko, IRŠIČ ŽIBERT, Mateja. Monitoring presence and streaming patterns of Icelandic volcanic ash during its arrival to Slovenia. Biogeosciences, ISSN 1726-4170, 2011, vol. 8, no. 8, str. 2351-2363, doi: 10.5194/bg-8-2351-2011. [COBISS.SI-ID 1977339]

    University course code: 2FAF07

    Year of study: 1

    Semester: 2

    Course principal:


    ECTS: 6


    • Lectures: 30 hours
    • Exercises: 30 hours

    Course type: mandatory

    Languages: slovene and english

    Learning and teaching methods:
    lectures, student presentations, team work