Invention of betatron for high-energy physics | 150 Engage Illinois Office of Corporate Relations
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Physics Professor Donald Kerst built the world's first magnetic induction accelerator at the University of Illinois in 1940. Kerst’s invention yielded a new means to study atomic particles, contributing to advancements in particle accelerators in the era of Big Science. The betatron also began to be utilized in the medical industry, not only as an X-ray machine, but also as a radiation treatment for cancer.

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Jul 17, 1940
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Invention of betatron for high-energy physics
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