Postgraduate Lecture Programme
A key goal of the Cockcroft Institute is to educate the next generation of particle accelerator scientists and engineers. As part of this goal the Cockcroft institute runs a 2 year postgraduate education programme in accelerator science and technology for both its own PhD students and for students at other universities. The lectures are all recorded to be webcast and archived and they are free to view for anyone via the institute website.
The programme has an initial 3 months introductory programme starting in October and runs every Monday morning until December. This covers the basics of accelerator science and technology, including beam dynamics and magnets. This is then followed by an advanced programme running on Monday mornings from January to September over two years covering topics such as Hamiltonian beam dynamics, free electron lasers, radio frequency engineering and laser plasma acceleration.
Classes are compulsory for the PhD students at the Cockcroft Institute, but anyone (from interested amateurs to PhD students at other universities) can view individual lectures or whole courses for free. The institute’s own PhD students have to sit a number of assessments at the end of the introductory course and have the opportunity to do some computational laboratory exercises. Thereby they are learning to use key software used in the field, such as CST Microwave Studio, OPERA and MADX, to design RF cavities, magnets and beam lines.