Physicist here, looking for a suggestion for a very comprehensive, very detailed textbook on accelerator physics---particularly with a focus on cyclotrons/synchocyclotrons/AVF-cyclotrons. My work is medical-adjacent, and proton accelerators seem to be described by repetition rates, treatment pulse lengths, bunch lengths, current, etc. But I'm having difficulty finding a reference that gets into the nitty gritty. What's the difference between a pulse and a bunch? Why do cyclotron references keep (maddeningly!) mentioning RF systems when they don't seem to be driven by cavities like a synchotron is? How far apart in time are bunches and pulses? Why can't I find a single reference on the entire internet that talks about time- and beam-structure in detail?

I have no difficulty with Jackson/Zangwill-level references (which are preferred, in fact), so please don't hold back. Definitely not looking for a link to a CERN outreach page, y'know?

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    $\begingroup$ You could try the books that the CERN document server comes up when requesting accelerators. There are 200 of them , many e-books, and you could see if one answers your questions cdsweb.cern.ch/… $\endgroup$
    – anna v
    May 23 at 3:24
  • $\begingroup$ You might look into the US Particle Accelerator School and attend. $\endgroup$
    – Jon Custer
    May 23 at 12:55


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