Arrival at San Francisco ! 16th May

Hi All, after an uneventful 13 hour United Airlines SYD-SFO direct flight, we’ve landed in San Francisco to show our Personal Particle Accelerator to the world at Bay Area Maker Faire.   Here’s Jo posing next to the famous cable cars. And the great view as we ascend California St. Tough work, all this touristy stuff, […]

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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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