Episode 517: Preparation for accelerators and detectors topic

Electron orbit in a magnetic field

Main aims
Students will:

  • Apply their knowledge of the motion of charged particles in electric and magnetic fields to particle accelerators and detectors

Prior knowledge
Students should know about forces on charges in electric and magnetic fields, and their effects on motion. In particular, they should know about how circular motion arises when a charged particle moves in a uniform magnetic field.

They should be familiar with the basic conservation laws (charge, energy, momentum).

An alternative approach would be to combine a study of accelerators and detectors with a study of electric and magnetic fields.

Where this leads
If your specification requires it, you could go on from here to study the Standard Model (quarks, leptons and fundamental forces).

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