Published Online: 28 APR 2014
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Encyclopedia of Applied Physics
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Jameson, R., Bisognano, J. and Lapostolle, P. 2014. Linear Accelerators. Encyclopedia of Applied Physics. 123–158.
- Published Online: 28 APR 2014
Linear accelerators, in which particles are accelerated along a straight path, are a fundamental tool for a perhaps surprisingly wide variety of practical and research applications that affect our daily lives, as a source of energetic particles in equipment for medical, biological, and industrial applications, including dental X-rays, industrial irradiation, radiotherapy, medical tool sterilization, food conservation, and baggage inspection, and provide intense beams of neutrons or photons for use in condensed matter, materials, and biological sciences and applications. In the future, LINACs will enable methods to deal with radioactive waste and other societally important applications. The general principles, brief history, and overview of the various types of linear accelerators are outlined in this chapter.
- LINACs ;
- electron accelerators;
- proton accelerators;
- AG focusing;
- linear accelerators;
- heavy ion accelerators;
- accelerator applications;
- radioactive waste