NSCL's accelerators, the coupled K500 and K1200 cyclotrons, are used in basic research to accelerate ions or electrons to high speed and then collide these beams of energetic particles with a fixed target (or sometimes another counter-rotating beam). By studying the products of these collisions scientists can learn a great deal about the properties of the nucleus of the atom and the forces that keep it together. More information about accelerators at NSCL is available here:
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