Watch: Particle accelerators explained in a wonderful animated short

In this video from The Royal Institution, University of Oxford Accelerator Physicist Dr. Suzie Sheehy explains about how you go about designing a particle accelerator.


How do they work? What form do they take? What does champagne mean to an accelerator physicist? These questions and more are answered by Dr. Sheehy.

Watch more films in the Royal Institution's series on particle accelerators.

Dr. Suzie Sheehy

Dr. Suzie Sheehy

From the video description:

The Large Hadron Collider at CERN has captured the imagination of the public. But particle accelerators take many shapes, and there are tens of thousands of other accelerators in use every day around the world.

Dr Suzie Sheehy designs particle accelerators. In this animation she leads us through the world of accelerators. They all share the same basic ingredients of an accelerator: particles, energy, control, collision and detection, and typically fall into three categories: linear, cyclotron and synchrotron.

The applications of accelerators range from individual medical care to answering the biggest questions we have about the universe. Each accelerator is the culmination of hundreds of people’s efforts, though the designs themselves often start with a single person’s idea.