The Electrostatic Accelerator

The Electrostatic Accelerator : A Versatile Tool

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Electrostatic Accelerators have been at the forefront of modern technology since the development by Sir John Cockroft and Ernest Walton in 1932 of the first accelerator, which was the first to achieve nuclear transmutation and earned them the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1951. The applications of Cockroft and Walton's development have been far reaching, even into our kitchens where it is employed to generate the high voltage needed for the magnetron in microwave ovens. Other electrostatic accelerator related Nobel prize winning developments that have had a major socio-economic impact are; the electron microscope where the beams of electrons are produced by an electrostatic accelerator, X-rays and computer tomography (CT) scanners where the X-rays are produced using an electron accelerator and microelectronic technology where ion implantation is used to dope the semiconductor chips which form the basis of our computers, mobile phones and entertainment systems. Although the Electrostatic Accelerator field is over 90 years old, and only a handful of accelerators are used for their original purpose in nuclear physics, the field and the number of accelerators is growing more rapidly than ever.

The objective of this book is to collect together the basic science and technology that underlies the Electrostatic Accelerator field so it can serve as a handbook, reference guide and textbook for accelerator engineers as well as students and researchers who work with Electrostatic Accelerators.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 150 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 8.13mm | 272.16g
  • San Rafael, United States
  • English
  • 1643273531
  • 9781643273532

Table of contents

Author biographies
1. Introduction
2. The field of accelerator techniques
3. History of electrostatic accelerators
4. Electrostatics
5. Insulating gases
6. Charging systems
7. Voltage distribution systems
8. High voltage stabilisation
9. Accelerator tubes
10. Ion stripper system and terminal pumping
11. Electron sources
12. Positive ion sources
13. Negative ion formation processes and sources
14. Equipment for beam diagnostics
15. Charged particle optics and beam transport
16. Radiation protection at an accelerator laboratory
17. Computer control of accelerators
18. Vacuum technology for electrostatic accelerators
19. Environmental and safety aspects of electrostatic accelerators
20. Applications of electrostatic accelerators
Appendix SI units and other units
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About Ragnar Hellborg

Ragnar Hellborg is emeritus Full professor of Applied Physics at the Department of Physics, University of Lund in Sweden. He has worked in the field of applied physics using electrostatic accelerators for more than fifty years.

Harry J. Whitlow is Full professor of Physics and Director of the Louisiana Accelerator Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA. He has a long career in applying MeV ion accelerator based methods to a wide range of fundamental and applied problems.
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