Build a linear accelerator model

Joanna Lewis, Lukasz Michalak

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Sammanfattning

Build a linear accelerator to demonstrate spallation – the source of high-energy neutrons used by the new European Spallation Source being built in Sweden.

In this activity, we build a model of a linear accelerator (linac) called a Gauss cannon. It uses magnetic attraction and momentum transfer to accelerate a series of steel balls, representing protons. At the end of the track, one ‘proton’ will collide with a bunch of balls or marbles, which represent the neutron-rich nucleus of a tungsten atom. If the initial ‘protons’ have sufficient energy, they will be able to release the ‘neutrons’, thereby modelling the spallation process.
Originalspråkengelska
Antal sidor6
Nummer67
SpecialistpublikationScience in School
FörlagEIROforum
StatusPublished - 2024 apr. 4

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ)

  • Annan fysik
  • Didaktik

Fria nyckelord

  • linac
  • linjäraccelerator
  • modell
  • fysikundervisning

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