Accelerators
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: www.nscl.msu.edu/tech/accelerators.
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