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- Historical development of the cyclotron
A short survey, based on the published literature, is given of the historical development of cyclotron devices.
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A cyclotron is a type of particle accelerator invented by Ernest O. Lawrence in — at the University of California, Berkeley ,   and patented in Lawrence was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for this invention. Cyclotrons were the most powerful particle accelerator technology until the s when they were superseded by the synchrotron , and are still used to produce particle beams in physics and nuclear medicine.
The largest single-magnet cyclotron was the 4. The largest cyclotron is the Close to cyclotrons are used in nuclear medicine worldwide for the production of radionuclides. Hungarian Leo Szilard was the first who invented and patented the linear accelerator and the cyclotron in Germany in Stanley Livingston , did much of the work of translating the idea into working hardware.
Lawrence received the Nobel Prize in Physics for this work. A cyclotron accelerates a charged particle beam using a high frequency alternating voltage which is applied between two hollow "D"-shaped sheet metal electrodes called "dees" inside a vacuum chamber. The particles are injected into the center of this space. The dees are located between the poles of a large electromagnet which applies a static magnetic field B perpendicular to the electrode plane. The magnetic field causes the particles' path to bend in a circle due to the Lorentz force perpendicular to their direction of motion.
If the particles' speeds were constant, they would travel in a circular path within the dees under the influence of the magnetic field. However a radio frequency RF alternating voltage of several thousand volts is applied between the dees. The voltage creates an oscillating electric field in the gap between the dees that accelerates the particles. The frequency is set so that the particles make one circuit during a single cycle of the voltage.
To achieve this, the frequency must match the particle's cyclotron resonance frequency. Each time after the particles pass to the other dee electrode the polarity of the RF voltage reverses. Therefore, each time the particles cross the gap from one dee electrode to the other, the electric field is in the correct direction to accelerate them. The particles' increasing speed due to these pushes causes them to move in a larger radius circle with each rotation, so the particles move in a spiral path outward from the center to the rim of the dees.
When they reach the rim a small voltage on a metal plate deflects the beam so it exits the dees through a small gap between them, and hits a target located at the exit point at the rim of the chamber, or leaves the cyclotron through an evacuated beam tube to hit a remote target. Various materials may be used for the target, and the nuclear reactions due to the collisions will create secondary particles which may be guided outside of the cyclotron and into instruments for analysis.
The cyclotron was the first "cyclical" accelerator. The advantage of the cyclotron design over the existing electrostatic accelerators of the time such as the Cockcroft-Walton accelerator and Van de Graaff generator , was that in these machines the particles were only accelerated once by the voltage, so the particles' energy was equal to the accelerating voltage on the machine, which was limited by air breakdown to a few million volts. In the cyclotron, in contrast, the particles encounter the accelerating voltage many times during their spiral path, and so are accelerated many times,  so the output energy can be many times the accelerating voltage.
Since the particles in a cyclotron are accelerated by the voltage many times, the final energy of the particles is not dependent on the accelerating voltage but on the strength of the magnetic field and the diameter of the accelerating chamber, the dees. Cyclotrons can only accelerate particles to speeds much slower than the speed of light , nonrelativistic speeds. Equating these two forces. So very large magnets were constructed for cyclotrons, culminating in Lawrence's synchrocyclotron, which had pole pieces 4.
In the non-relativistic approximation , the cyclotron frequency does not depend upon the particle's speed or the radius of the particle's orbit. As the beam spirals outward, the rotation frequency stays constant, and the beam continues to accelerate as it travels a greater distance in the same time period.
In contrast to this approximation, as particles approach the speed of light , the cyclotron frequency decreases proportionally to the particle's Lorentz factor. Acceleration of relativistic particles therefore requires either modification to the frequency during the acceleration, leading to the synchrocyclotron , or modification to the magnetic field during the acceleration, which leads to the isochronous cyclotron. The relativistic mass can be rewritten as.
The gyroradius for a particle moving in a static magnetic field is then given by. A synchrocyclotron is a cyclotron in which the frequency of the driving RF electric field is varied to compensate for relativistic effects as the particles' velocity begins to approach the speed of light.
This is in contrast to the classical cyclotron, where the frequency was held constant, thus leading to the synchrocyclotron operation frequency being. An alternative to the synchrocyclotron is the isochronous cyclotron , which has a magnetic field that increases with radius, rather than with time. Isochronous cyclotrons are capable of producing much greater beam current than synchrocyclotrons, but require azimuthal variations in the field strength to provide a strong focusing effect and keep the particles captured in their spiral trajectory.
For this reason, an isochronous cyclotron is also called an "AVF azimuthal varying field cyclotron". Thomas in Also, the cyclotron frequency is constant in this case. The transverse de-focusing effect of this radial field gradient is compensated by ridges on the magnet faces which vary the field azimuthally as well.
This allows particles to be accelerated continuously, on every period of the radio frequency RF , rather than in bursts as in most other accelerator types. This principle that alternating field gradients have a net focusing effect is called strong focusing. It was obscurely known theoretically long before it was put into practice. The PSI cyclotron reaches higher energy but is smaller because of using a higher magnetic field.
For several decades, cyclotrons were the best source of high-energy beams for nuclear physics experiments; several cyclotrons are still in use for this type of research. The results enable the calculation of various properties, such as the mean spacing between atoms and the creation of various collision products.
Subsequent chemical and particle analysis of the target material may give insight into nuclear transmutation of the elements used in the target. Cyclotrons can be used in particle therapy to treat cancer. Ion beams from cyclotrons can be used, as in proton therapy , to penetrate the body and kill tumors by radiation damage , while minimizing damage to healthy tissue along their path. Cyclotron beams can be used to bombard other atoms to produce short-lived positron -emitting isotopes suitable for PET imaging.
More recently some cyclotrons currently installed at hospitals for radio isotopes production have been retrofitted to enable them to produce technetiumm. The cyclotron was an improvement over the linear accelerators linac s that were available when it was invented, being more cost- and space-effective due to the iterated interaction of the particles with the accelerating field.
In the s, it was not possible to generate the high power, high-frequency radio waves which are used in modern linacs generated by klystrons. As such, impractically long linac structures were required for higher-energy particles. The compactness of the cyclotron reduces other costs as well, such as foundations, radiation shielding, and the enclosing building. Cyclotrons have a single electrical driver, which saves both money and power. Furthermore, cyclotrons are able to produce a continuous stream of particles at the target, so the average power passed from a particle beam into a target is relatively high.
The spiral path of the cyclotron beam can only "sync up" with klystron-type constant frequency voltage sources if the accelerated particles are approximately obeying Newton's laws of motion. If the particles become fast enough that relativistic effects become important, the beam becomes out of phase with the oscillating electric field, and cannot receive any additional acceleration.
The classical cyclotron is therefore only capable of accelerating particles up to a few percent of the speed of light. To accommodate increased mass the magnetic field may be modified by appropriately shaping the pole pieces as in the isochronous cyclotrons , operating in a pulsed mode and changing the frequency applied to the dees as in the synchrocyclotrons , either of which is limited by the diminishing cost effectiveness of making larger machines.
Cost limitations have been overcome by employing the more complex synchrotron or modern, klystron -driven linear accelerators , both of which have the advantage of scalability, offering more power within an improved cost structure as the machines are made larger. Built to accelerate heavy ions, its maximum magnetic field is 3. The Riken magnetic field covers from 3. Its large size is partly a result of using negative hydrogen ions rather than protons; this requires a lower magnetic field to reduce EM stripping of the loosely bound electrons.
The advantage is that extraction is simpler; multi-energy, multi-beams can be extracted by inserting thin carbon stripping foils at appropriate radii. The spiraling of electrons in a cylindrical vacuum chamber within a transverse magnetic field is also employed in the magnetron , a device for producing high frequency radio waves microwaves. The synchrotron moves the particles through a path of constant radius, allowing it to be made as a pipe and so of much larger radius than is practical with the cyclotron and synchrocyclotron.
The larger radius allows the use of numerous magnets, each of which imparts angular momentum and so allows particles of higher velocity mass to be kept within the bounds of the evacuated pipe. The magnetic field strength of each of the bending magnets is increased as the particles gain energy in order to keep the bending angle constant.
The United States Department of War famously asked for dailies of the Superman comic strip to be pulled in April for having Superman bombarded with the radiation from a cyclotron. Superman , Lex Luthor uses a cyclotron to start an earthquake. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Type of particle accelerator. For other uses, see Cyclotron disambiguation. Main article: Synchrocyclotron. Retrieved Patent 1,, Lawrence, Ernest O.
Stanley April 1, Physical Review. American Physical Society. Bibcode : PhRv Retrieved October 26, Oxford University Press. Bibcode : pojh. March 10, Physics Today.
Bibcode : PhT Addison Wesley. Stanley Livingston". University of California, Berkeley. The Cyclotron". Bancroft Library , UC Berkeley. Archived from the original on
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Historical development of the cyclotron
The device which uses the electric or magnetic field to guide and accelerate a beam of charged particles to high speed is called a particle accelerator. Charged particles used may be protons or electrons. These high-velocity particles are used in nuclear physics and high energy physics. Depending upon the direction of motion of charged particles, they have classified into two types a Linear accelerator and b Circular accelerator or Cyclotron.
A cyclotron is a type of particle accelerator invented by Ernest O.
Cyclotron is a device used to accelerate charged particles to high energies. It was devised by Lawrence. Cyclotron works on the principle that a charged particle moving normal to a magnetic field experiences magnetic lorentz force due to which the particle moves in a circular path. The Dees are kept separated and a source of ions is placed at the centre in the gap between the Dees. They are placed between the pole pieces of a strong electromagnet.
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