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Acceleration technologies for charged particles: An introduction

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/01/2011
<mark>Journal</mark>Contemporary Physics
Issue number1
Number of pages27
Pages (from-to)15-41
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Particle accelerators have many important uses in scientific experiments, in industry and in medicine. This paper reviews the variety of technologies which are used to accelerate charged particles to high energies. It aims to show how the capabilities and limitations of these technologies are related to underlying physical principles. The paper emphasises the way in which different technologies are used together to convey energy from the electrical supply to the accelerated particles.