Joint Universities Accelerator School
School Courses



The full programme covers essential topics during 10 weeks from January to March.


Each course lasts 5 weeks: 4 weeks comprising more than 100 hours of lectures and tutorials, including computer sessions, and the final week given over to revision and the written examinations. 


The programme includes visits to leading research laboratories and practical work at CERN and Bergoz Instrumentation.


The JUAS courses are of graduate level (Master or Doctoral) and the students are expected to have knowledge of general physics at the Bachelor’s level. Prerequisites include elementary knowledge of special relativity, electromagnetism, nuclear physics and mathematical methods of physics (vector analysis, vector spaces and matrices, differential & partial differential equations, Laplace & Fourier transforms). Some knowledge of signal theory could also be useful. Refresher courses and tutorials are provided in some of these matters, and must be studied before the JUAS courses start.



Course 1 - The Science of Particle Accelerators


  • Mini workshop on Accelerator Design



Course 2 - The Technology & Applications of Particle Accelerators


  • One day of practical work at Bergoz Instrumentation



The lectures and tutorials are backed up by visits and practical works at:


CERN - European Laboratory for Particle Physics, Geneva.

ESRF - European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Grenoble.

PSI – Paul Scherrer Institute , Villigen. 

HUG - Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève, Geneva.

Bergoz Instrumentation, Saint Genis Pouilly.