The Helix as a Linear Accelerator for Protons


AN electrostatic generator, designed for 4 MV., has been built at this Laboratory to accelerate positive ions, and the possibility of increasing the energy of protons from this machine to about 20 MeV. by means of a linear accelerator has been considered.

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CHICK, D., PETRIE, D. The Helix as a Linear Accelerator for Protons. Nature 168, 782–783 (1951).

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