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Using ion beam to create strong magnetic field

Consider, I want to make very strong magnetic field in some spot in space ( focus ) but I cannot put any solid material ( like metal conductor, or superconductor ) close to that spot (e.g. because ...
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Electron beam in magnetic field - increase or decrease the field?

When I fire an electron beam into homogenous magnetic field ( eg. inside Helmholtz coil ) it will bend into a circle => it will form a coil ( = current loop ) itself. The magnetic field created by ...
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Accelerate neutral particles

I know it is not possible to accelerate particles via the Lorentz force $F=q(E+v\times B)$, because $q=0$. However, the magnetic moment $\vec\mu$ for such a particle usually is $\neq 0$. Is there a ...
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How would one get the particle beam in Stern Gerlach experiment

How would I get a beam of silver atoms? I imagine this to be problematic, since the silver atoms are neutral. How would I accelerate them?
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How would one build an RF cavity?

How does an RF cavity, such as the RF cavities in the LHC, work mechanically and mathematically? How would one build an RF cavity? What equations govern the speed of a charged particle in an RF ...
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Does the Advanced Photon Source use electrons or positrons?

Synchrotron light sources like the Advanced Photon Source (APS) (as well as SPring-8 and the ESRF) are typically mentioned as accelerating electrons up to the GeV range to produce extremely high ...
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Why can't a high intensity beam be injected into the LHC when the machine is empty

Watching this YouTube video about the LHC at around 3 minutes and 50 seconds into the video the narrator says... For machine protection reasons we are not allowed to inject a high intensity beam ...
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How does an electron beam condenser work?

For example, a scanning electron microscope has multiple condensers that "focus" the beam into a smaller spot size. How does a condenser actually change the direction of electron flow in a non-uniform ...
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Beam excited RF cavity modes

When beam (bunch of electrons) transverse RF cavity, it will excite modes (resonant frequencies). The mode for steady state is quite well described, I am wondering is there any theory describe the ...
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What is the temperature of an LHC Bunch?

From various places, I've found that an LHC bunch seems to be about 100mm long, 0.1mm wide, and contains about $10^{11}$ protons or anti-protons. The de Broglie wavelength is about $10^{-18}$ meters, ...
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Do accelerated particles change in size as they change in mass?

If a charged particle is accelerated to incredible energies in a particle collider, its mass increases. Does its radius increase as well and, if so, how does it compare to the change of mass? Could ...
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Why is the storage ring of a synchrotron a vacuum?

Why is the storage ring of a synchrotron a vacuum? I know that when the accelerated particles get to the storage ring they lose energy, releasing synchrotron radiation, but how does the vacuum make ...
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How detectors in particle colliders can differentiate neutrons from antineutrons?

Their mass is the same. None of them interacts with EM fields. And their decay (around 1000s) is far too slow to see their decay products yet in the detector. How is it then possible to differentiate ...
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Meaning of SIS in accelerators

With reference to accelerator facilities, the term "SIS" is often used. e.g. SIS-100, SIS-300 etc. What does SIS stand for, in this context? (The last S is probably for Synchrotron) Google appears ...
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How does the number of events per bunch collision scale (as function of energy, luminosity …)

Looking at Table 1 of Burton Richter's recent article High Energy Colliding Beams; What Is Their Future? I'm wondering how the number of events per bunch collision ("$N_b$") scales for the collider ...
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Is “microbunching” in a free electron laser limited by the Pauli exclusion principle?

As I understand it, a free electron laser can basically be pictured as a synchrotron light source with an undulator which by the particular setup causes the electrons to self-attune so that they ...
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Can lightly-ionized atoms be accelerated to relativistic speeds with current technology?

I know there're lots of various particle accelerators, which can accelerate particles to TeV's of energy, but it seems they all work on electrons or nuclei or other elementary of tightly-bound ...
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Electron energy in a synchrotron storage ring vs. X-ray energy from the wiggler: why is the latter much lower?

I know in large synchrotron facilities some beamlines produce very intense X-rays by injecting the accelerated electrons into "wigglers". I have read that the typical energy of the electrons in the ...
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What technological advance would allow LEP3 to surpass LEP2?

I learned that for electron accelerators synchrotron radiation and acceleration are the limiting factors. This article, that I found in one answer to this question mentions that one would not use the ...
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Reusing the bremsstrahlung energy in circular accelerators?

I think the Bremsstrahlung happens as a strong radiation emitted by the accelerated particle stream. As in this question is visible, it is the main cause of the energy loss in such big particle ...
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Why doesn't the LHC accelerate electrons?

Electrons have a much bigger charge density as the protons (and especially lead nuclei), aren't compound particles as the protons (and especially lead nuclei) are able to get a much bigger energy ...
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How far could the LHC “fire” a particle

Very simple question, and frankly quite a silly one, but I'm currently writing a lecture for secondary school kids and I'd love to tell them how far the Large Hadron Collider could fire a proton. The ...
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Why did it take a long time to discover top quark?

In high school physics, I learned that it took a long time before the top quark was discovered. One of the reasons that was given in my book was that the top quark has a large mass, much larger than ...
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Do particle accelerators produce (dangerous) radiation?

I was under the impression that particle accelerators were pretty harmless, but some article said that they produce harmful radiation when you're in the tunnel. Given that the Internet... isn't always ...
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Why doesn't an electron feel an electric field, and thus accelerate whilst inside the drift tube of a linear accelerator?

Why is the resultant field strength inside the tubes of a linear particle accelerator zero (i.e. the particles move in constant velocity through the tube)? As in the diagram, the particle ...
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Are there moments in particle collision experiments where the particle beam is in open air?

I keep encountering the story of Anatoli Bugorski, who apparently got hit in the head by a proton beam at the U-70 PS in Protvino, Russia. I find it difficult to believe that this is actually ...
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Do the particles made in a collider exist outside the collider?

Below is the transcript of a section from Demystifying the Higgs Boson with Leonard Susskind. Around 1:02:23 Susskind says that the heaviest of the fermions is called the top quark. Top quark is ...
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How does a synchroton work?

I know that a linear accelerator (linac) works by having terminals that get longer progressively and changes polarity due to AC current. And I also know that a cyclotron works by having two ...
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What are the strongest sources of collimated neutrons and protons?

I am imagining an unusual experiment which will require intense beams of either protons or neutrons. The experiment would work better with neutrons, but neutron sources are much weaker messier so I ...
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How do I build an alpha emitter?

I would like to build an alpha emitter. I suppose I had some vague idea of knocking the electrons off of some helium. But upon further examination the idea does strike me as...naive? My question is ...
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What would happen if the electric field was cut to a cyclotron half-way?

After accelerating say a proton, half way, if the alternating electric field was cut, would the proton maintain a perpetual circular motion at the same radius? I know that any charged particle moving ...
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At CERN - What do you call the moment (event) particles crash together in the particle accelerator? [closed]

At CERN - What do you call the moment (event) particles crash together in the particle accelerator? At CERN they crash different particles together and measure what comes out. What is the name of the ...
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LINAC: why are they being accelerated?

I have read the wiki page and I have seen this image, but I still don't understand why they are being accelerated. Could you easily explain it to me? Thanks a lot
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Creating a stream of single file atoms

How do you go about creating a stream of single file atoms? The aim is to fire a stream of single file atoms (hydrogen, helium) down a vacuum and detect there arrival on the opposite end. Any ...
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Muon production in particle accelerator

PAMELA is a particle accelerator which have two concentric rings, protons are accelerated in the inside ring. At ISIS muons are produced when a 800 MeV proton beam collides with a graphite ...
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What exactly is the difference between a sychrotron light source and a free electron laser?

Cyclotron radiation is radiation emitted by a charged particle being bent by a magnetic field. The only difference between cyclotron and synchrotron radiation is that the latter occurs at relativistic ...
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Why don't we use quater-circular dees instead of semi-circular dees in a Cyclotron

This is the setup, I have in my mind: O1, O2, O3 and O4 are 4 oscillators. The arrows in between the Dees represent the alternating EMF the Oscillators will generate. I think we can easily adjust ...
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How feasible is Laser Plasma Acceleration for the post-LHC world?

I was wondering how feasible Laser Plasma Acceleration for the post-LHC world is. It seems very promising.
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Question about linacs

Why are the electrodes of a linac connected to an alternating voltage? Within an electrode the electron moves with a constant speed, and once it is outside of the electrode it accelerates uniformly, ...
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When is the FAIR accelerator supposed to be finished? [closed]

The FAIR accelerator is a planned facility for antiproton and ion research. Ground water wells are being put in, the forest is being cleared... But when is it supposed to be completed? Does anyone ...
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Minimal voltage in linear accelerators to achieve relativity?

Could anyone tell me what is the minimal voltage between anode and cathode in a linear accelerators to achieve speeds where relativity starts to show? Let me ask in a different way: "What is the ...
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Velocity of electron in electrostatic field. Does radiation matter?

There's a voltage difference of 1000 Volts between two points 2 meters apart. An electron starts at the point of lower potential and is left to travel alone in a straight line until it reaches the ...
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Future of colliders and technical limitations

Are there any technical limitations (theoretical or technological) that prevent quark based colliders? ie. Colliding two quarks together.
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A comprehensive reference for RF linear accelerator's operation

I'm doing a research on RF linear accelerators (RF Linac), but while studying the material I encountered many problems. I cannot understand the basics of the RF linear accelerators in many ways, for ...
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On these pictures of accelerator equipment, what are the blue metal things?

I have visited many accelerator, and these blue things can be seen where cryo technology is used. What are they (He valves?/safety valves?) Why is so many needed? Edit: Here there are more blue ...
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How do we recognize hardware used in accelerator physics [closed]

When I see a new accelerator in real life or on a picture, I always find it interesting to see how many thing I can recognize. In that way, I can also get a small first idea of how the accelerator is ...
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Can the technology behind Particle accelerators can be used for space propulsion?

As I understand, the kinetic energy of the proton beam in a hadron collider is quite large. Can you build a space propulsion system that is based on accelerating a proton bean to relativistic speeds ...
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Relativistic centripetal force

The thought randomly occurred to me that a circular particle accelerator would have to exert a lot of force in order to maintain the curvature of the trajectory. Many accelerators move particles at ...
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What are the advantages of the ILC over the LHC?

USA Today has an article on Japan's interest as the site for the $10 billion future International Linear Collider. This accelerator will utilize electron/positron collisions (like CERN's former LEP ...