linear accelerator

A linear accelerator is a type of particle accelerator that greatly increases the kinetic energy of charged subatomic particles or ions by subjecting the charged particles to a series of oscillating electric potentials along a linear beamline. 

CLIC technology lights the way to compact accelerators

1 Feb 2018 | Update - For the public | A new project uses technology originally developed for CERN’s Compact Linear Collider (CLIC) to help build compact X-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs)

Here’s to a long life for Linac 4!

23 May 2017 | Update - For CERN people | Corinne Pralavorio | Ten years after it was approved, CERN’s new accelerator is officially inaugurated

Linac 4 reached its energy goal

7 Nov 2016 | Update - For the public | Stefania Pandolfi | CERN’s new linear accelerator (Linac 4) has accelerated a beam up to 160 MeV, its design energy

New beam dump for a veteran accelerator

11 Oct 2013 | Update - For the public | Cian O'Luanaigh | Watch CERN engineers install a new beam dump at the Proton Synchrotron Booster, one of CERN's older accelerators

Linear accelerator 4

17 Sep 2012 | Accelerator | Linac 4 boosts negative hydrogen ions to high energies. It will become the source of proton beams for the Large Hadron Collider in 2020

Linear accelerator 3

17 Sep 2012 | Accelerator | Linac 3 is the starting point for the ions used in physics experiments at CERN

Linear accelerator 2

17 Sep 2012 | Accelerator | Linac 2 is the starting point for the protons used in physics experiments at CERN

Testing begins for CERN's future linear accelerator

29 Aug 2012 | Update - For the public | Linear accelerator 4 will deliver particles to the Proton-Synchrotron Booster at more than triple the energy the current linac achieves

Linear accelerator 1

1 May 2012 | Accelerator | Designed in the 1950s as injector for the Proton Synchrotron, LINAC 1 was the only supplier of protons to the CERN synchrotrons until 1978

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