Accelerators for Science and Society

  • Swaminathan Kailas Bhabha Atomic Research Centre
  • R Chidambaram
Keywords: Key words Charged particle accelerators, Linear Accelerator, Cyclotron, Pelletron, Synchrotron, Superconductivity


The charged particle accelerators were originally developed for pursuing research in frontier areas of physics. They are now being used not only for basic research in science but also  in a variety of applications of great relevance to the society. The charged particle accelerators are employed in health care, industry, agriculture, national security, environment, archaeology and cultural heritage related programmes. An overview of the charged particle accelerators, both the ion and the electron types, the national and the international scenario and the application potential of these accelerators in various programmes is provided in this article.



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