Particle Accelerator


Particle accelerators assist in accelerating the constitutional particles such as protons or electrons to very high velocity. Ernest Lawrence made the first particle accelerator in 1930 at California University.

Many scientists utilise particle accelerators to acknowledge the universe's origin and research the subatomic world structure around the people. Particle accelerators help scientists to advance the research work in environmental cleanup, medicine and more. Particle accelerators are extremely beneficial and help in the advancement in different fields.

At CERN, a particle physics experiment was initiated where WWW (World Wide Web), data handlings, and robotics was developed. Particle accelerators assist in developing technology and making a new compact accelerator generation with the application starting from security to the treatment of cancer.

What is a particle accelerator?

Particle accelerators play a crucial role in national security which includes stockpile stewardship, materials characterisation and cargo inspection. P

article accelerators are important tools of particle and nuclear physics discovery that utilise neutrons and X-rays which are a kind of neutral subatomic particle. Particle accelerators touched every part of daily lives. The beam particles in the particle accelerator consist of electrons or protons and charged particles that are subatomic.

Upgraded particle accelerator

Figure 1: Upgraded particle accelerator

  • In the world, the greatest particle accelerator is named "Large Hadron Collider (LHD)" to date. This particle accelerator is operating at an energy that is around 7 times more in comparison to the previous machine.
  • The early application of particle accelerators to research nuclear fuels utilised low-energy electrons commercially to induce the reactions of photo-fission. The particles are generally and repeatedly pitched through a circular pipe in a circular particle accelerator.

Classification of particle accelerator

The "particle accelerator" comprises mainly 2 types which include "electrodynamics” and “electrostatic accelerators”.

Electrodynamics accelerator

The mechanism of an electrodynamics accelerator involves the discharge of electrons to accomplish high voltage. The incorporation of dynamic fields helps in accelerating particles to very high speed and energy (Kutsaev, 2021). The acceleration of electromagnetic energy is accomplished by utilising dynamic fields. Electrodynamics particle accelerators are mainly of two types’ linear accelerator and circular accelerator. Some of the instances of electrodynamics “particle accelerator” include “magnetic induction accelerator”, “betatron”, “linear accelerator”, and “cyclotrons”. In an electrodynamics accelerator, the output energy is not restricted by the power of the field of acceleration because the particles go through a similar field of acceleration several times.

Electrostatic accelerator

This type of accelerator utilises the static field of electricity to hasten the particles. An electrostatic particle accelerator is regarded as the particle accelerator in which the charged particles are quickened to high energy by processing through a potential static high voltage. The maximum energy of the particle formed by electrostatic accelerators is restricted by the increasing voltage which can be accomplished by the machine (Emma et al. 2018). Electrostatic accelerators provide the benefits over field machines that are oscillating which include higher beam currents, lower costs, and the capability to create constant beams. The feasible instance of this type of accelerator is the “cathode-ray-tube”.

Uses of Particle accelerator

Particle accelerators are utilised in making radioactive material by bringing down the charged particles at the atomic structure to transform them into unstable and distinct atoms. Production of radioactive material in particle accelerators is utilised for research, machines and other applications. Particle accelerators are utilised in scanning inside containers and assisted in recognising dangerous weapons (Othman et al. 2020). A particle accelerator is used in treating wastewater, sterilisation of medical equipment, forming new materials and monitoring pollution. On medical grounds, particles are hastened which are utilised in treating cancer and killing the cells.

Application of particle accelerator

Particle accelerators seem to be extremely useful in daily life where physicists utilise the accelerators to make the fundamental beam particles such as antiproton, positron, electron and proton. Around 80 to 85 per cent of the particle accelerators are utilised mainly for ion implantation and radiotherapy. The rest is utilised for biomedical, low energy, high energy research and industrial processing.

  • Ion implantation for producing semiconductors is one of the most significant and current applications of particle accelerators in industry. The procedure permits the ion introduction of a particular type at desired depth to dope in a proper manner the semiconductor granulated and accomplish the required pattern of a circuit (Kain et al. 2020). A particle accelerator has replaced the conventional ion diffusion that was used previously. Particle accelerator permits reproducible and accurate production of all the recent compact micro-circuits.

Ion implantation

Figure 2: Ion implantation

  • Particle accelerators are utilised in isotope formation and application in nuclear physics. The bare atomic nuclei beam is utilised in researching the interaction, properties and structure of Nuclei of the "condensed part" at very high densities and temperature (Energy, 2022). Physicians of Nuclear physics utilised this process to recreate models which represent the reliability of the universe's origin.
  • Particle accelerators are immensely effective for radiation sterilisation which has a huge economic potential. It permits ignoring the chemical activities for the preservation of food. One of the significant applications of radiation is the sterilisation of processed stuffing of food which later can be stored significantly at the temperature room for several months (Fedyanin et al. 2022). Radiation is also utilised for the protection of crops in the storehouses against insects.

Particles accelerator

Figure 3: Particles accelerator

  • Huge ion accelerators are utilised to create micro porous membranes in the materials of film through the assistance of the Particles accelerator. The main applications of particle accelerators are filters for the porous substrates and the food industry for microorganisms or growing cells for medical research or biology.


Particle accelerators are structured in such a manner that they can drive particles through the "electromagnetic fields". There are many fields from health to security and from industry to energy supply beyond general research in which accelerator concerned technology affects the lives of everyone in a positive manner. Particle accelerators are becoming more complementary to telescopes. The issues of Astrophysics can be highly settled with particle accelerators. The major tools utilised by physicists to probe the properties and structure of matter in the solid-state were X-rays formed by neutrons and conventional sources produced by nuclear reactors.


Q1. What is the particle's velocity in a particle accelerator?

A particle accelerator can revolve very light and small weighted particles. The particle increases its velocity to nearly the light speed in the developed and recent particle accelerators.

Q2. Where is the largest "particle accelerator" in the world located?

LHD (Large Hadron Collider) is known as the largest particle accelerator globally. This particle accelerator is based in the particle physics lab of Europe in Switzerland.

Q3. What can happen to a human in a particle accelerator?

The beam may glance off of the atoms in the human body letting the beam broaden. In the human body, most of the energy may get deposited elsewhere despite the energy going to the body.

Q4. What would happen to humans if they were stuck in a particle accelerator?

Many research scientists claim the expected demise of the human body. It is believed that excessive fatal dose of radiation is harmful to human health.

Q5. What can happen if an explosion of a particle accelerator is reflected?

There is no possibility of causing an explosion despite speed and number. The energy goes into the particles when particle accelerators collides which then get down on the detectors.



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Updated on: 21-Aug-2023


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