Sunday, May 1, 2011

Model of a particle accelerator

Model of a particle accelerator

Some time ago I had to conduct a presentation about a special kind of particle accelerators.
In order to give a simple example I built a little model of a two staged particle accelerator
out of a old computer mouse's ball, two coils and a CD-spindle's base plate:
The metal ball represents a charged particle of any kind.
The two coils represent the drift-tubes which most accelerators use.
So every time the particle (ball) crosses the drift-tubes (coils) it gets accelerated: