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As the PBPL research program is highly oriented towards student participation, education in beam physics plays a key role in our activities. An upper division course, Physics 150 "Physics of Charged Particle and Laser Beams" has been developed by Prof. Rosenzweig. During this development, a new type of beam physics textbook, which addresses the needs of physics undergraduates as opposed to accelerator professionals, and emphasizes modern laboratory contexts, such as high field acceleration and a unified approach to laser and charged particle beam physics, has been produced. Termed "Fundamentals of Beam Physics", it is now available through Oxford University Press.
The graduate beam physics course series, Physics 250, has been taught in a variety of ways, emphasizing basic concepts, as well as specialty topics. See the links provided at left for more information.
Formal course work is complemented by an ongoing seminar series in current topics on the cutting edge of beam physics research. The topics are wide-ranging and the speakers range from group members to distinguished visitors.
PBPL graduate and undergraduate students are also encouraged to attend as many courses of the US Particle Accelerator School (USPAS) as possible during their time at UCLA. PBPL faculty have been frequently lectured at this school.
Education in accelerator science at the PBPL involves a wide spectrum of practical training in addition to classroom theoretical background. Students are trained for proficiency in the sophisticated 3D modelling codes that are needed for modern simulation and design involving relativistic charged particle motion, collective effects in beams and plasmas, electromagnetic and magnetostatic devices. This deployment of computational tools is necessary to understand the rich effects that are observed in our laboratories, where students confront the experimental hardware: high power microwave sources and resonant cavities, picosecond lasers, high vacuum systems, magnetic beam optics and undulators, ultra-fast (ps-to-fs) beam diagnostics, etc.
The graduate education program is geared towards heavy participation in external collaborations, and in professional meetings. In this way, students undergo training in scientific presentation, and in development of publications. UCLA PBPL also hosts many of these professional meetings.