Homemade Particle Accelerator?

  1. 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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  3. phinds

    phinds 9,019
    Gold Member

    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.
     
  4. Drakkith

    Staff: Mentor

    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.
     
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