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Mark Boland PhD


Faculty Member in Physics & Engineering Physics

Physics 69

Research Area(s)

  • accelerator physics
  • synchrotron radiation
  • particle beams
  • electromagnetic fields
  • beam instrumentation

About me


After completing a BSc in physics and PhD in experimental photonuclear physics at the University of Melbourne, Mark did a two year postdoc at Lund University in Sweden. He then returned to Melbourne in 2003 to be a part of the team that designed, built and commissioned the accelerator systems for the Australian Synchrotron. From 2003-2017 Mark worked on accelerator physics research and development including building diagnostic beamline and performing pioneering research into creating and measuring ultra low emittance electron beams. In 2012 he was a JSPS Visiting Fellow at KEK in Japan and in 2014 he was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Stanford University and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. In 2017 he took up a faculty position at the University of Saskatchewan as an Associate Professor with a joint appointment as Machine Director at the Canadian Light Source. Mark was the Chair of the International Particle Accelerator Conference IPAC'19 in Melbourne, Australia from 19-24 May 2019.


Accelerator Physics Particle Detectors Physics Computer Modelling Synchrotron Radiation

Latest publications on the public WebofScience profile page.

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Sheppard, R., Baribeau, C., Pedersen, T., Boland, M. & Bertwistle, D. (2022). J. Synchrotron Rad. 29, 1368-1375. https://doi.org/10.1107/S1600577522008554

W. Scott Hopkins, Victor Verzilov, German Sciaini, Ian Burgess, and Mark Boland. Establishing a Canadian free-electron laser research program. Canadian Journal of Physics. 97(12): vii-x (2019). https://doi.org/10.1139/cjp-2019-0238

A. Abada, et. al., FCC-ee: The Lepton Collider: Future Circular Collider Conceptual Design Report Volume 2. Eur. Phys. J. Spec. Top. (2019), doi:10.1140/epjst/e2019-900045-4.

H. Abramowicz, et. al., Higgs physics at the CLIC electron–positron linear collider. Eur. Phys. J. C. 77 (2017), doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-017-4968-5.

Wootton, K. P., Boland, M. J., et al. Observation of Picometer Vertical Emittance with a Vertical Undulator. Physical Review Letters, 109(19):194801 (2012). 

Selection of Publications (by Year)

  • Ryan Sheppard, Cameron Baribeau, Tor Pedersen, Mark Boland and Drew Bertwistle. "A neural network model of a quasiperiodic elliptically polarizing undulator in universal mode". Journal of Synchrotron Radiation 29, 6 (2022): 1368-1375.
  • Abada, A, et. al.. "FCC-hh: The Hadron Collider". The European Physical Journal Special Topics 228, 4 (2019): 755-1107.
  • Abada, A., Abbrescia, M., AbdusSalam, S.S. et al.. "FCC Physics Opportunities". The European Physical Journal C 79, 474 (2019): 1-161.
  • Abada, A., Abbrescia, M., AbdusSalam, S.S. et al. . "FCC-ee: The Lepton Collider". The European Physical Journal Special Topics 228, 2 (2019): 261-623.
  • Giansiracusa, Paul J. , Boland, Mark J. et. al. "A distributed beam loss monitor for the Australian Synchrotron". Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment 919 (2019): 98-104.
  • Charles, T., Paganin, D. M. Boland, M. J. Dowd, R. T. "Singularities of particle trajectory caustics and beam shaping in bunch compressors" In Nonlinear Dynamics and Collective Effects in Particle Beam Physics, edited by Swapan Chattopadhyay, Max Cornacchia and Simone Di Mitri, 103-114. Singapore: WORLD SCIENTIFIC, 2019.
  • T. Lucas, T. Argyopolous, M. J. Boland, N. Catalan-Lasheras, R. P. Rassool, C. Serpico, M. Volpi, W. Wuensch. "Dependency of the Capture of Field Emitted Electron on the Phase Velocity of a High-Frequency Accelerating Structure". Nuclear Instruments and Mehtods in Physics Research A 914 (2019): 46-52.
  • T. K. Charles, M.J. Boland, K. Oide and F. Zimmerman. "Bunch Compression and Turnaround Loops in the FCC-ee Injector Complex". Journal of Physics: Conference Series 1067 (2018): 062023.
  • T. K. Charles, D. M. Paganin, A. Latina, M. J. Boland, R. T. Dowd. "Current-horn suppression for reduced coherent-synchrotron-radiation-induced emittance growth in strong bunch compression". Physical Review Accelerators and Beams 20 (2017): 030705.

Teaching & Supervision

Accelerator Physics Engineering Physics Capstone Project Synchrotron Radiation

Mark is available for undergraduate and MSc or PhD graduate supervision, please contact him to make an appointment to discuss possible research topics.

A new course in particle accelerator physics has been developed for fourth year and graduates listed as PHYS 472 and PHYS 895 with the goal of linking the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics to the unique national synchrotron radiation facility at the Canadian Light Source.

NEW 2023: Taught Abroad in CERN, Switzerland, course summer term May/June 2023 High Energy Particle Accelerators for Physics Research

Selection of Courses Taught (by Year)

  • 2018 - EP495: Capstone Design Project
  • 2019 - PHYS472: Accelerator Physics
  • 2019 - PHYS895: Accelerator Physics
  • 2019 - EP495: Engineering Physics Capstone
  • 2020 - PHYS472: Introduction to Accelerator Physics and Synchrotron Radiation
  • 2021 - PHYS472: Introduction to Accelerator Physics and Synchrotron Radiation
  • 2021 - PHYS895: Introduction to Accelerator Physics and Synchrotron Radiation
  • 2022 - Introduction to Accelerator Physics and Synchrotron Radiation
  • 2023 - Introduction to Accelerator Physics and Synchrotron Radiation
  • 2023 - High Energy Particle Accelerators for Physics Research


accelerator physics particle accelerators synchrotron radiation

Research into particle accelerators for the generation of ultra bright synchrotron radiation.

Education & Training

2001, PhD, University of Melbourne

1996, BSc, University of Melbourne

Awards & Honours

  • Chair of the International Particle Accelerator Conference 2019, awarded by IPAC AUS November 2014-December 2019
  • Fulbright Outreach Lecturing Fund Award, awarded by Council for International Exchange of Scholars, United States Department of State USA October 2014-October 2014
  • Fulbright Visiting Scholar, awarded by Fulbright Foundation, US Department of State USA August 2014-February 2015
  • Honorary Principal Fellow - Associate Professor, awarded by University of Melbourne AUS June 2014
  • Honorary Senior Fellow, awarded by University of Melbourne AUS January 2014-April 2014
  • JSPS Visting Fellow, awarded by Japansese Society for the Promotion of Science JPN March 2012-March 2012
  • STINT Posdoctoral Fellowship, awarded by STINT SWE October 2001-June 2003