Cascade generator for 1.5 million volt accelerator

Made:
1937 in Cambridge and Holland
designer:
Cavendish Laboratory
and
Cavendish Laboratory
and
Cascade generator, designed by and built at the Cavendish Laboratory, by Philips, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England Solid state rectifier for Philips million-volt accelerator (perspex stand).
      This cascade generator was installed with Insulator for Philips million volt accelerator built at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge in 1937.
      This cascade Conductor from million volt accelerator built at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge in 1937.
      This cascade generator

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Cascade generator, designed by and built at the Cavendish Laboratory, by Philips, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
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Solid state rectifier for Philips million-volt accelerator (perspex stand). This cascade generator was installed with
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Insulator for Philips million volt accelerator built at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge in 1937. This cascade
Science Museum Group Collection
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Conductor from million volt accelerator built at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge in 1937. This cascade generator
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Cascade generator, for 1.5 million volt accelerator, designed by and built at the Cavendish Laboratory, by Philips, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England and Phillips, Holland, 1937. The 1.5 million volt accelerator was also known as voltage doubler stack.

This cascade generator was installed with the Philips Million-Volt Accelerator at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, in 1937. The generator produced the electric field (up to one million volts) used to accelerate particles such as protons and electrons during experiments using the accelerator. It generated these high voltages using a system of capacitors (which act as stores of electrical charge) and rectifiers, insulated and shielded to prevent the charge 'leaking out'.

Details

Category:
Nuclear Physics
Object Number:
1982-1318
Materials:
aluminium alloy, bakelite, chromium plated, nickel plated, selenium, steel (metal) and tin plated
type:
generators
credit:
University of Witswatersrand