Friday, 13 May 2022

The Liverpool Synchrocyclotron

There's in intersting article in Physics World this month about the Liverpool Synchrocyclotron.  For a period in the 1950s it was in the first tier of leading particle accelerators for nuclear and particle physics.  It innovated in the extraction of the beam from the cyclotron into a beam line to be directed at a target.  This is now a commonplace setup, but beforehand targets and detectors all had to be inserted inside the synchrotrons themselves.  

The picture below, included in the Physics World article courtesy of The Victoria Gallery & Museum, University of Liverpool, shows the huge magnet being delivered to the site in 1951.  If it wasn't for the truck delivering an enormous magnet, I might have guessed the picture was much older.

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