A Long Journey Home: 11-Inch Cyclotron Returns to Lab After 75 Years

February 20, 2013

Seventy-five years after one of Ernest Lawrence’s first working cyclotrons was handed to the London Science Museum, it has returned to the Lab. On Jan. 9, 1932, the brass cyclotron — 26 inches from end to end and whose accelerating chamber measures just 11 inches in diameter — was successfully used to boost protons to energies of 1.22 million electron volts. Its return to Berkeley Lab caps a decades-long saga in which various parties endeavored to secure the cyclotron’s return from London, but the persistence of Public Affair’s Pamela Patterson finally paid off. Pictured are physicists Robert Cahn and Natalie Roe. More>

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2 Responses to “A Long Journey Home: 11-Inch Cyclotron Returns to Lab After 75 Years”

  1. Massimo Placidi says:

    Back at last!
    Now…Keep it HERE!

  2. Marissa Smithwick says:

    Well done, Pam! Your tenacity paid off. I can’t wait to see the 11-Inch Cyclotron. Will there be an unveiling once it has been placed in the lobby?

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