AXEL–2014: Introduction to Particle Accelerators

AXEL-2014 is a series of courses on particle accelerators, given at CERN within the framework of the 2014 Technical Training Program. As part of the BE Department’s Operation Group Shutdown Lecture series, the general accelerator physics module has been organised since 2003 as a joint venture between the BE Department and Technical Training, and is open to the wider CERN community.


The AXEL-2014 course series is designed for technicians who are operating an accelerator or whose work is closely linked to accelerators, but it is also open to technicians, engineers, and physicists interested in this field. The course does not require any prior knowledge of accelerators. However, some basic knowledge of trigonometry, matrices and differential equations, and some basic knowledge of magnetism would be an advantage.

The series will be composed of 10 modules (Monday 24 March 2014 – Fri 28 March 2014, from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. and from 10:45 a.m. to 12 noon), and will be given in English with questions and answers also possible in French. The lecturer is Rende Steerenberg, Deputy Group Leader of the BE Operation Group and PS section leader. The programme will cover: basic mathematics; transverse optics; lattice calculations; resonances; longitudinal motion; leptons; transfer lines, injection and ejection; longitudinal and transverse beam instabilities.

This course series is almost free of charge (only covering documentation costs), and registration is required. Participation in all lectures is encouraged, to allow people to gain maximum benefit from the course. Registered participants will be invited, and attendance will be recorded in the personal training records. If you are interested in AXEL-2014, please talk to your supervisor and/or your Departmental Training Officer. On-line registration is possible via the Training Catalogue and the detailed program is available on the AXEL-2014 web page, accessible from

Organisers: Rende Steerenberg/BE-OP/79086 
                      Technical Training/HR-LD /74924