Welcome to the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) of the Nordic Particle Accelerator Program (NPAP) and the fascinating world of particle accelerators!
The Introduction to Particle Accelerators course is the first in our NPAP series. It explains how a particle accelerator can produce light with wavelengths as short as one Angstrom. It also explains how the ESS facility can generate a massive flux of neutrons by accelerating protons and allowing them to collide with a tungsten disc.The first modules teach the fundamentals of linear and circular accelerators, which are required to understand other types of accelerators, such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva. We describe the LHC and provide an overview of the elementary particle physics it is used for. We continue by introducing some novel concepts for future particle accelerators, such as plasma-driven accelerators.
The second MOOC in the series is titled "Fundamentals of Particle Accelerator Technology (NPAP MOOC)," and it includes four modules: The Radio Frequency (RF) System of Accelerators; Accelerator Magnet Technology; Beam Diagnostics; Vacuum Techniques Fundamentals The third MOOC is titled Medical Applications of Particle Accelerators and includes four modules: An overview of the course and radiotherapy; Part I of proton therapy; Part II of proton therapy; and the production of medical radionuclides.
1. Accelerators for Synchrotron Light
- Where does light come from?
- Which type of light do we need?
- Introduction to synchrotron accelerators
- How does an accelerator for synchrotron radiation work?
- The evolution of accelerators for synchrotron light
2. Photon light sources and MAX IV
- Electromagnetic spectrum
- Discovery of synchrotron radiation
- General characteristics of synchrotron radiation
- Bending magnets radiation
- Wigglers and undulators
- Free Electron Lasers
- Configurations. SASE and seeding
3. Spallation sources and ESS
- Basics of neutron scattering science
- Neutron spallation sources
- The basics of ESS
- Challenges for the ESS accelerator
- The ESS Accelerator
- How to observe the ESS beam
- To avoid melting the target
4. Particle Colliders
- Introduction to Particle Colliders
- Going into matter, the standard model
- Particle collider characteristics
- Introduction to CERN
- LHC main parameters and technological choices
- Linear Colliders
- ILC and CLIC
- Future Circular Colliders
5. Stay tuned for upcoming resources
- We are constantly working on sharing more knowledge and fun resources with all of you! As such, we have created this module as a platform for more exciting new knowledge and materials that will be added to this course in the future as fun extra curricular activity! Notifications will be sent out to registered learners when we launch these updates, so stay tuned and keep an eye out for these updates in the future!
6. Well done! You have now successfully finalized the course!