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Short option S19: Unifying Physics of Accelerators, Lasers and Plasma

From 2016 Trinity S19 has been significantly updated.

Lecturers: Prof A Seryi, Prof E Tsesmelis

Syllabus: This course is aimed at those who are interested in exploring the exciting science arising from synergy of three areas – accelerators, lasers and plasma, which is essential for creation of the next generation facilities, devices and scientific instruments. We will explore novel laser-plasma acceleration methods comparing them with traditional accelerators. We will study design of national scale as well as compact Free Electron Lasers. We will study what would it take to make a next generation particle therapy facility based on plasma acceleration, studying in meanwhile the effect of radiation on DNA and as well as elements of medical imaging. We will explore the designs of colliders which could be built after LHC. We will highlight similarities and differences of terminology and mathematical apparatus used for description of similar phenomena in these areas of physics, building bridges of understanding between accelerators, lasers and plasma. We will discuss these three areas of physics in tandem with the industrial methodology of inventiveness to connect the areas further, and to stimulate our students for taking on the challenges of scientific and technological innovation. The S19 course will also include a live link-up with the LHC control centre at CERN in Geneva for a presentation of this unique facility and a Q&A session with experts.

Reading materials for the course: “Unifying Physics of Accelerators, Lasers and Plasma”, A. Seryi, CRC Press 2015.

Materials for S19 at WebLearn portal