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Homemade Particle Accelerator?

by Amsingh123
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Dec26-13, 02:48 PM
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Hi PF,

I've been looking to do a physics project for a while, and I thought about trying to build a particle accelerator at home. I know there's a lot of potential risks involved, and I imagine some legal issues, but is it plausible for a 15 year old to build a crude particle accelerator at home, with minimal risks? I know all the math and physics (calculus, differential equations, electromagnetism, special relativity, etc
.) and how to actually build the accelerator. I'm wondering:
1. What are the potential risks and how can I avoid them?
2. Is it realistic for a 15 year old to even try?
3. How long would it take and how much would it cost?
Thanks for all of your help PF.
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Dec26-13, 02:58 PM
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There have been several threads on this forum about that topic but as I recall, they all end up getting closed because it's too dangerous. Try a forum search.
Dec26-13, 03:02 PM
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A particle accelerator is a dangerous project involving high voltage electricity and radiation and can easily kill or injure you or someone else. I'm not a mod, but I don't believe PF rules allow us to discuss dangerous projects, especially with amateurs who do not have the required expertise and knowledge to safely build them.

Dec26-13, 03:08 PM
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Homemade Particle Accelerator?

phinds and Drakkith are correct:

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