The motivation to conceive and build accelerators comes from a most fundamental need of man - to understand and control the world around us. With beams and their associated accelerators, scientists and engineers can gain understanding of the nature of matter and modify matter, which is not possible by other means. The areas already influenced by the developments in accelerator technology are high energy and nuclear physics, atomic and molecular physics, condensed matter physics and the biological sciences. There are also a growing number of applications in medicine and industry. This work is a summary of knowledge on the rf technology driving the development of particle beams for science, medicine and industry.
Introduction to electrodynamics for microwave linear accelerators, D.H. Whittum; microwave electronics - Slater's perturbation theorem, Y. Yamazaki; standing-wave structures, E.V. Kozyrev; the quest for high-gradient superconducting cavities, H. Padamsee; low level RF and feedback, R. Garoby; Wakefields -resonant modes and couplers, E. Haebel; advanced concepts of Wakefields, Y.H. Chin; beam diagnostics with synchrotron radiation, A. Hofmann; ferrite loaded RF cavity, S. Ninomiya; klystron beam bunching, B. Carlsten; RF pulse compression for the future linear collider, I.V. Syrachev; field emission and RF breakdown in high-gradient room-temperature linac structures, J.W. Wang and G.A. Loew; the story of the RFQ, A. Schempp. (Part contents)