Electrostatic Generator

The Argonne National Laboratory's recently constructed electrostatic generator is shown with essential parts exposed.  The instrument, frequently know as a Van de Graaff generator, is a device for securing high voltage for direct acceleration of particles. The energy output of the machine is in excess of 4,000,000 electron volts.  The electrostatic generator is essentially a device for speeding up various types of particles or 'atomic projectiles' to terrific velocities and causing them to crash into various types of large materials. The precision of energy control obtainable with the use of electrostatic generator is one of its great advantages over other types of 'atom smashers'., Credit Line: Argonne National Laboratory, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives
Abstract/Description: The Argonne National Laboratory's recently constructed electrostatic generator is shown with essential parts exposed. The instrument, frequently know as a Van de Graaff generator, is a device for securing high voltage for direct acceleration of particles. The energy output of the machine is in excess of 4,000,000 electron volts. The electrostatic generator is essentially a device for speeding up various types of particles or 'atomic projectiles' to terrific velocities and causing them to crash into various types of large materials. The precision of energy control obtainable with the use of electrostatic generator is one of its great advantages over other types of 'atom smashers'.
Subject(s): Particle accelerators
Equipment and supplies
Generators
Argonne National Laboratory
Credit Line: Argonne National Laboratory, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives
Catalog ID: Argonne National Laboratory F2