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Kinetic energy in an accelerator

  1. Sep 15, 2011 #1
    if i have a giant circular accelerator is it possible to accelerate a metal slug to a kinetic energy greater than the energy applied by any one of the electromagnets in the accelerator?
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  3. Sep 16, 2011 #2


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    Er.. the "electromagnets" do not perform the acceleration. They do the bending of the path and focusing of the beam! It is the accelerating structure/cavity, such as a linac, that does the accelerating.

    Last edited: Sep 16, 2011
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