PPA – commissioning tests

What happens after you’ve finished soldering your shiny new Personal Particle Accelerator ?  Read on ! Just like other complex engineering, it’s best not to turn it on in one go because: an construction error (for example, in connecting the power system) could damage more than multiple modules it’s hard to know where to look if […]

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PPA – other hobbyist particle accelerators

  Today’s blog celebrates others’ particle accelerators, through a series of youtube videos.  To get us started, let’s start with the real deal particle accelerators: overview of the LHC real homemade particle accelerator   Moving onto broadly similar hobbyist designs, Jo and I built our first particle accelerator without seeing these: Very basic accelerator Basic circular […]

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PPA – Infrared Photogate Sensor (IRPS) design

An IRPS is required to provide ball position timings, so that the Arduino can precisely calculate the timing of a high power pulse to the electromagnet. The general concept of a photogate is that infrared light shines from a LED (transmitter) to a Phototransistor (receiver) all the time, except when the ball is travelling through and […]

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