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  1. #1 High School Cyclotron 
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    High School Cyclotron
    Hi, my name is Peter Heuer, I am a high school student and an avid reader of physics forums

    I have been working with two friends over the last year and a half to build a small cyclotron to enter in a science fair. We have completed our design but are having trouble funding the project.

    We have created a website here with more information, this can be found at http://thecyclotronkids.com

    If anyone has any ideas on how to fund such a project or comments on the idea in general, please let me know!

    The website has an email at which I can be contacted.

    Thanks!


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    Cool! how did you come up with the design?


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    Our design is actually entirely our own, we started off the basic premise of Lawrence's original 4'' cyclotron. However, in order to do the experiments we had to do we had to increase that to 8''.

    It's been a really great learning experience already We must have read a good 30 books on accelerator physics, I have a stack a foot high of copies from those books that are covered in notes
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    How do you plan to demonstrate this project? do you have a particle detector too?
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    Good question!

    We do indeed have several particle detector plans, however these are still being finalized and thus are not on the site.

    One simple detector is just a series of metal strips that will detect the beam by detecting the voltage it induces. These will be used to aim the beam onto other detectors as well as to demonstrate that it works.

    As for the detection of pair production, we have designed a rough scintillation detector that will detect the few characteristic gamma rays given off by that process.
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    WOW! and how old are you?
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    Two of us are 16, the other is 15.

    We won't be the first high school students to build a cyclotron (google "fred neill" or see his link on our site) but we hope to be the first to knowingly create antimatter.
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    How are you going to introduce particles into the cyclotron?Free protons aren't in the air
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    Part of our design is a proton source, we plan to ionize hydrogen with an electron stream between two electrodes.
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    What's the total cost for this project?
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    The entire cyclotron could be built with $6500 assuming no parts are donated.
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